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Sport Para powerlifting, Wheelchair Tennis
NPC Australia   
Place of BirthKempsey, AUS
Weight 64 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Children Lacie Rae and Paige
Higher education
Justice Studies - Southern Cross University: Lismore, ACT, AUS
Sport Specific Information
Club / Team
Kendall Tennis Club: Port Macquarie, NSW, AUS
Name of coach
Simon Bergner [national], AUS
Coach from which country?
General Interest
Nell, Nelly [shortened versions of her name]. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Most influential person in career
Coach Phil Robinson. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Hero / Idol
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal. "He has made it to the top, albeit [through] adversity, and never, never gives up. He remains humble and does not forget where he has come from or how hard he has had to work to get to the top. He has humility." (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
She underwent shoulder surgery in 2020, and returned to competition in December 2021. (, 14 Dec 2021, 25 Nov 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"A champion is someone who gets up, even when he can't." [US boxer Jack Dempsey] (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)

"Look up, get up, get going." (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Other sports
She competed in wheelchair tennis at the 2012 Paralympic Games London. She also represented Australia in wheelchair basketball between 1999 and 2005. (, 2017; Athlete, 03 Apr 2011; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Apr 2022)
Famous relatives
She is related to former Australian cricket player Geoffrey Lawson. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
She has incomplete paraplegia due to running and falling on a wet bathroom floor. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2011)
Other information
She has worked as a coordinator and teacher at Australian online education provider TAFE Digital. (Facebook profile, 22 Dec 2021)

She has studied for a graduate certificate in disability studies at Flinders University in Adelaide, SA, Australia. (Facebook profile, 22 Dec 2021)

In 2021 she was appointed to the co-design committee for the Women With Disabilities Australia [WWDA] Lead, Engage, Activate and Drive [LEAD] project, which aims to promote and empower women living with impairments in Australia. (, 19 Nov 2021)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games (Overall) - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
17 2012 Singles  
9 2012 Doubles  
World Ranking (2016/01/04) - Wheelchair Tennis
Rank Year Event Result
48 2016 Singles  
33 2016 Doubles (individual)  
105 2016 Singles  
56 2016 Doubles (individual)  
48 2016 Singles  
33 2016 Doubles (individual)  
114 2017 Singles  
78 2017 Doubles (individual)  
108 2017 Singles  
143 2017 Doubles (individual)  
World Championships - Para powerlifting
Rank Year Event Result
  2017 61kg  NoM
13 2021 61kg 54.0