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MCINERNEY Jamie
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthMount Gambier, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T38, F38
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in 2005.
Why this sport?
She was encouraged to take up athletics as part of her rehabilitation therapy.
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Christchurch, NZL
General Interest
Nicknames
Macca (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jun 2011)
Hobbies
Photography. (Facebook page, 20 Oct 2018)
Hero / Idol
Australian wheelchair racer Kurt Fearnley. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jun 2011)
Awards and honours
She was a part of the Queen's baton relay for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Facebook profile, 13 Feb 2018; abc.net.au, 18 Oct 2017)
Impairment
She was involved in a car accident at age five, which resulted in her having a brain injury, causing her to have a loss of movement in her right side. (paralympic.org.au, 01 Jun 2011; abc.net.au, 10 Oct 2012)
Other information
PHOTOGRAPHY
She suffered from a speech impairment after the accident and used photography as one of the key forms of therapy that helped her re-learn speech. "I first used a camera as a way of communicating my stories in speech therapy and at primary school. My therapist described my language difficulties as being similar to having English as a second language, my problem is that I don't have a first language to fall back on. Having photographs that I had taken myself really reminded me of the words I needed." (abc.net.au, 10 Oct 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
6 2011 4 x 100m Relay T35-38 59.72
11 2011 Long Jump F38 3.28