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Australia, you need to meet this incredible Year 9 student who won silver at the Paralympics.

What were you doing when your were 15?

For Isis Holt, age doesn’t seem to bother her too much. After all, how many year 9 students do you know flying half way across the world to claim silver at the Paralympics?

The reigning world champion and world record holder for the T35 100m final, Holt missed out on a gold medal by just 0.09 seconds to China’s Xia Zhou.

“I was fighting pretty hard,” she said following the race, after nearly taking a tumble crossing the finishing line.

It is the first Paralympic outing for Holt, who has cerebral palsy. The 15-year-old has still to compete in the women’s 4x100m relay on Friday, before attempting to defend her world record in the 200m on Saturday.

Back on home soil, her biggest fight is the balancing act between professional athlete and secondary school student.

“Sometimes I definitely feel like I’m missing out on a normal teenager’s life, but who would go for that over this? I wouldn’t change it,” she said, according to the ABC.

The Advertiser are also reporting that Holt, ever the humble adolescent, was quietly surprised about her performance on the track.

“It’s pretty incredible. I did not come out here expecting to run that well so I’m very happy.

“(The run) reminds me that I can do anything and I hope that in the future I can come back and do it again.”

In other Paralympic news, day seven at Rio proved to be a successful one for Aussie athletes, with Dylan Alcott taking gold in the quad singles tennis title and cyclist Carol Cooke taking out gold the T2 road time trial.

It’s Alcott’s second gold in as many days, winning gold in quad doubles gold medal with Heath Davidson on day six.

Australia remain sixth on the medal tally, with ten gold and a total of 51 medals on the board.

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