1. Carlee Beattie
Born with a left arm limb deficiency, Carlee Beattie first started competing in athletics in 2007. After only a year after starting her athletic passion, Beattie represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic games. With no success in Beijing but a great learning experience, Beattie returned home to break her own world record in the F46 long jump at the 2011 Sydney Track Classic, jumping an awesome effort of 6.01m – 8cm further than her previous record. A record holder heading into the London games, Beattie went on to win a silver medal at the London Paralympic games in 2012. Beattie is entering the Rio games with confidence, hoping to set a new world record of a 6.30m jump.
2. Tiffany Thomas-Kane
At the age of 14 years old, Tiffany Thomas-Kane is representing her country in swimming. Not sure what you were doing at 14. Thomas-Kane’s short stature hasn’t held her back from achieving great success within the pool. At 13 years of age, Thomas-Kane burst onto the international swimming scene when she won gold, in a record time of one minute and 34.95 seconds in the S6 100m breaststroke at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships. But she didn’t just go home with gold, Thomas-Kane won silver in the 50m butterfly as well as bronze in the 50m freestyle and 100m freestyle. Making her Paralympic debut, Thomas-Kane will be heading into Rio as the youngest athlete on the Australian Paralympic team.
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