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REID Amanda
Sport Para-Cycling, Para snowboard, Para swimming
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age25
Place of BirthBlaxland, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
SB-LL2
Further Personal Information
Other names
Amanda Fowler
Residence
Sydney, NSW, AUS
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming in 2001. She was involved in cycling as a child, and began Para cycling in 2015. She later took up Para snowboard in 2018 with a view to competing in the sport at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. "I tried a winter sport for a while to give myself a break from cycling. I did 16 weeks during the snow season in 2018 in the winter. I absolutely loved that."
Why this sport?
She followed her older sister into sports. She originally competed in Para swimming, before switching to Para cycling and then Para snowboard. "I have an older sister and so I used to just get dragged along to sport. Being five years younger I couldn't be left at home by myself, so that's kind of how it all started. They used to swim and that's how my swimming started."
Club / Team
St. George CC: Sydney, NSW, AUS
General Interest
Hero / Idol
Australian 400m runner Cathy Freeman, Australian wheelchair racers Kurt Fearnley and Louise Sauvage. (sbs.com.au, 24 Jan 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Dream it, believe it, you'll be it." (thesaturdaypaper.com.au, 2015)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2020 she was named Female Para Cyclist of the Year by Cycling New South Wales in Australia. (cycling.org.au, 07 Apr 2021; Facebook page, 06 Feb 2017)

She was named the 2017 National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee [NAIDOC] Sportsperson of the Year in Australia. (australiancyclingteam.com, 23 Jan 2020)

She was named the 2012 Junior Sports Star by the Penrith Press newspaper in New South Wales, Australia. (dailytelegraph.com.au, 2014)

She received Australia Day Sports and Citizenship Local Hero awards in 2006 and 2008. (adhc.nsw.gov.au, 2011)
Other sports
She represented Australia in swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, placing fifth in SB14 100m breaststroke. She competed in Para cycling at the Paralympic Games in 2016 and 2020, winning gold in the track C1-3 500m time trial at the 2020 Games in Tokyo and silver in the same event at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was classified in Para snowboard in the SB-LL2 category for the 2021/22 season. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Jan 2021; australiancyclingteam.com, 23 Jan 2020; IPC, 04 Jan 2021)
Impairment
She was born with cerebral palsy and an intellectual impairment. (Facebook page, 31 Jul 2017)
Other information
EYES ON BEIJING
In January 2021 she spoke about her plans to switch her focus to Para snowboard after competing in Para cycling at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "Hopefully after the Games [2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo] if I have time for the turnaround, which is a very tight turnaround, I would like to make the Winter Games [2022 Winter Paralympic Games in Beijing]." (sbs.com.au, 26 Jan 2021)

SWIMMING TO CYCLING
After competing in Para swimming at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she switched to Para cycling in 2015 and went on to compete in the sport at the Games in 2016 and 2020. "I actually did cycling when I was little. I found my old cycling jersey when I was doing a clear out and I thought, let's give this a go again. That was how it all started back in 2015 to get back on the bike." (sbs.com.au, 24 Jan 2021)

OTHER ACTIVITIES
She served as the 2017 Australia Day ambassador for the Dubbo Regional Council in New South Wales, Australia. (dubbo.nsw.gov.au, 15 Jun 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Road World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
4 2022 C2 - Time Trial 33:57.97
  2022 C2 - Road Race  DNF
Track World Championships - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
6 2016 C2 - 3km Pursuit  
2 2016 C2 - 500m Time Trial 42.147
4 2016 C2 - Scratch Race  
1 2019 C2 - 500m Time Trial 39.505
2 2019 C2 - Scratch Race  
1 2020 C2 - 500m Time Trial 39.035
1 2020 C2 - Scratch Race  
Paralympic Games - Para-Cycling
Rank Year Event Result
2 2016 C1-3 - 500m Time Trial 37.581
11 2016 C1-3 - Time Trial 35:55.81
11 2016 C1-3 - Road Race 1:39:12
1 2021 C1-3 - 500m Time Trial 35.581
9 2021 C1-5 Team Sprint 56.989