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DAWES Christie
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age42
Place of BirthNewcastle, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Andrew Dawes, son Charlie
Other names
Christie Skelton
Residence
Newcastle, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Higher education
Education - University of Newcastle: Australia
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
At age 12 she watched Australian wheelchair athlete Louise Sauvage at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona and thought it looked fun.
Name of coach
Andrew Dawes [husband]
Senior International Debut
Year
1996
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (newcastleherald.com.au, 09 Mar 2019)
Hero / Idol
Her mother Roslyn, US talk show host Oprah Winfrey. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2012)
Injuries
In November 2011 she had surgery which she was told would be a simple 15-minute procedure. Complications resulted in eight more operations and she was out of action for almost eight months. She returned to training two months before the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. After the Games, she had another operation and was back training in January 2013. (theherald.com.au, 28 Nov 2012; maitlandmercury.com.au, 16 Apr 2013)

She suffered internal bleeding at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing after receiving an injection of blood thinner to avoid blood clots on the flight to the People's Republic of China. (adelaidenow.com.au, 08 Oct 2011)
Awards and honours
She was named the 1996 Young Paralympian of the Year by the International Paralympic Committee [IPC]. (paralympic.org.au, 18 Dec 2009)
Impairment
She has paraplegia as the result of a car accident in 1990. (abc.net.au, 10 May 2016)
Other information
INSPIRATIONAL MOTHER
She credits her mother for helping her family through with a difficult 12 month-period, during which her father died and she acquired her impairment in a car accident with her family. "There was my mother, father, my older sister, and me. We woke up one morning to find that, during the night, my father had taken his own life. We went to bed with a dad, and woke up without one. For my mum to deal with the death of her husband, let alone the way in which he died, is huge, but she just kept on. It was a very hard time, but the amount of strength she showed throughout that time was ridiculous. Then, 11 months later, we were going on a family holiday, my mother, my sister, and myself and we had a car accident. And that's when I became paraplegic. It was a lot. People always think you have to have a chair stuck to your arse or a leg missing or something to have a story, but so many people, everybody, has a story, and that's ours. My mum is the strongest woman I know." (newcastleherald.com.au, 09 Mar 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
8 2000 100m T54 18.28
Semifinal 2000 1500m T54 3:47.58
8 2000 5000m T54 12:58.44
Semifinal 2000 800m T54  DSQ
  2000 Marathon T54  DNS
6 2004 800m T54 1:52.51 
6 2004 1500m T54 3:29.50 
10 2004 5000m T54 12:50.86 
9 2004 Marathon T54 2:08:25 
6 2008 5000m T54 12:31.66
11 2008 800m T54 2:00.21
10 2008 1500m T54 3:35.80
2 2008 4 x 100m Relay T53-54 1:01.91
3 2012 5000m T54 12:28.24
8 2012 800m T54 1:58.77
Round 1 2012 1500m T54 3:43.36
6 2012 Marathon T54 1:49:37
8 2016 1500m T54 3:26.00
Round 1 2016 5000m T54 12:15.95
2 2016 4 x 400m Relay T53-54 3:46.63
9 2016 Marathon T54 1:42:59
8 2021 Marathon T54 1:46:44
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1998 4 x 100m Relay T54-55 1:08.22
1 1998 4 x 400m Relay T54-55 4:26.28
Commonwealth Games (Overall)
Rank Year Event Result
5 2006 800m T54 1:58.50
4 2014 1500m T54 4:03.43
4 2022 Marathon T53/54 2:07:02
5 2022 1500m T53/54 4:00.25
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2015 Marathon T53/54 1:56:20
11 2019 Marathon T54 1:56:16