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AULT-CONNELL Eliza
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age38
Place of BirthSydney, AUS
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T54
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Kieran Ault, daughters Eva and Elka, son Jensen
Other names
Eliza Stankovic
Residence
Albury, NSW, AUS
Occupation
Personal Trainer
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 1998.
Why this sport?
She was involved in sport before her legs were amputated. She decided to take up Para athletics and attempt to qualify for the 2000 Paralympic Games. "My physio showed me a package of the 1996 Paralympics and there was a woman running on prosthetics. Sport had played a huge part in my life, running was something that I loved doing and I wanted to run so I made that my goal."
Club / Team
Woden Athletics Club: Australia
Name of coach
Fred Periac
Training Regime
"Eight of my 13 training sessions a week are at home and without being able to do this I couldn't do what I love. Ideally, I'd be training with a coach on the track each day but, as a mum with young kids, that's not realistic."
Senior International Debut
Year
2002
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Lille, FRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Liz (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Cooking, camping. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the T54 marathon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her children. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
US ultra marathon runner David Goggins. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She arrives at the stadium early before competitions. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Be prepared physically and mentally." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2019 she was named Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her services to sport and community health. (smh.com.au, 09 Jun 2019)

In 2003 she was named Young Citizen of the Year in Newcastle, NSW, Australia. (newcastleherald.com.au, 10 Jun 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Kieran Ault has represented Australia in Para athletics. He won gold medals in the T38 4x100m relay and the T38 4x400m relay at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, and also claimed silver in the F37 javelin throw at the 2004 Games in Athens. (SportsDeskOnline, 05 Aug 2019; Facebook profile, 24 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019)
Impairment
At age 16 she was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, which resulted in the amputation of both her legs below the knee. "I had the typical early symptoms, but we hadn't even heard of it when the doctors told my parents. I woke up one morning and felt unwell, not disastrously unwell, but by that night I was on life support and things progressed rapidly. I had both of my legs amputated and my fingers as well." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2019; newcastleherald.com.au, 10 Jun 2019; triplem.com.au, 11 Mar 2019; abc.net.au, 16 Mar 2018)
Other information
OCCUPATION
She has served as director of Meningococcal Australia, and has been involved in campaigns to raise awareness of the condition and increase vaccination rates. "I have been able to turn what people may consider a misfortune into a pretty blessed and amazing life." (newcastleherald.com.au, 10 Jun 2019)

RETURN TO SPORT
In 2007 she took a break from the sport to start a family. She was inspired to return to competition after watching the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and went on to win a silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. "The thought of being able to compete in Australia during the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, in front of my family and in front of my children was a massive draw factor. The thought of having that opportunity made me come back." (newcastleherald.com.au, 10 Jun 2019; london-marathon.s3.amazonaws.com, 01 Apr 2019; BMG Partners YouTube channel, 18 Sep 2018)

WHEELCHAIR RACING
Initially she tried to compete on prosthetic legs, but after sustaining a number of injuries she switched to wheelchair racing. "Watching my friends representing their country was so inspiring and I saw wheelchair racing and the great [Australian wheelchair racer] Louise Savage and, as running was not an option, I wondered if wheelchair racing was, so I got a second-hand race chair and fell in love with the sport." (abc.net.au, 16 Mar 2018; smh.com.au, 29 Aug 2003)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
5 2019 100m T54 16.79
4 2019 800m T54 1:51.93
6 2019 1500m T54 3:36.46
3 2019 400m T54 55.30
9 2019 5000m T54 12:17.79
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2018 1500m T54 3:38.88
2 2018 Marathon T54 1:44:13
Marathon World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2019 Marathon T54 1:50:02