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CARTWRIGHT Kelly
Sport Para athletics, Para powerlifting
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age30
Place of BirthGeelong, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T63, F63
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Ryan, son Max [2015]
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began running in 2006 in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
She took up running initially just for something to do, but after researching the Paralympic Games she knew she had found her passion in life.
Club / Team
Victorian Institute of Sport: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Name of coach
Tim Matthews, AUS, from 2009
Training Regime
She does two sessions every day between Monday and Friday, while on Saturdays and Sundays she does one session.
General Interest
Nicknames
Kel (kellycartwright.com.au, 04 Oct 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the F42/F44 long jump at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (heraldsun.com.au, 24 Jun 2017)
Most influential person in career
Coach Tim Matthews. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Dec 2012)
Injuries
She was sidelined for six months after undergoing surgery on her left ankle in late 2012. The operation was successful, however she was left with permanent cartilage damage and arthritis in the ankle due to the original injury. (heraldsun.com.au, 24 Jun 2017)

In 2011 she experienced pain in her amputation that led to inconsistency in her training. (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2011)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"How can people call me disabled when I am able to do all I desire to do." (aussiebodies.com.au, 05 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2014 she received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM]. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 25 Jan 2014)

She was named joint Victorian Sportsperson of the Year for 2012 alongside rower Kim Crow at the Victorian Sport Awards in March 2013. (insidethegames.biz, 06 Mar 2013)

She was named 2012 Female Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics Australia. (paralympic.org, 12 Feb 2013)
Other sports
She competed in Para powerlifting at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (paralympic.org, 05 Dec 2017)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (heraldsun.com.au, 24 Jun 2017)
Impairment
She was diagnosed with a rare form of tissue cancer in her right knee at age 15, and unable to have chemotherapy, had to have the leg amputated. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Dec 2012)
Other information
BREAK
After undergoing ankle surgery in late 2012, she struggled to return to full fitness and training, which led to her taking a break from the sport. She returned to the sport full-time in 2017. "I just lost myself a little bit, and I lost myself because of how good I was just a year previous. To come back and pretty much have to start all over again, and go through the gruelling rehab, meant that I didn't enjoy it as much. I decided to take a whole year off, for mental and physical reasons. It was good for me to have a break off my ankle completely, and step away from my sport. It was a huge high, and then a massive low. To be honest, up until this year [2017] I'd been 50/50 whether I'd come back or not, and I think I struggled a lot with my identity. All I knew of myself was a runner, and I think that's what a lot of people knew me as. That's one thing I've learnt and got over. Now I'm able to put in perspective that I'm a mother and that I'm something else." (heraldsun.com.au, 24 Jun 2017)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She serves as an ambassador for Rare Cancers Australia. (mamamia.com.au, 25 Feb 2017)

KILIMANJARO ASCENT
In 2009 she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in seven days as part of an event to raise funds for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, a charity that supports children's hospitals in Australia and East Timor. "It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, mentally and physically, but it was the most amazing experience." She is also an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish foundation, a charity set up to enrich the lives of seriously ill children. (paralympic.org, 10 Aug 2011; paralympic.org.au, 17 Dec 2009; humptysmountain.com.au, 17 Dec 2009)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
6 2008 100m T42 18.36
1 2012 Long Jump T42/44 4.38
2 2012 100m T42 16.14
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 2011 Long Jump F42 4.19
1 2011 100m T42 16.46
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
15 2017 50kg 56.0
Commonwealth Games - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
7 2018 Bench Press Lightweight 69.9