Episode 5 – Rae Anderson

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Kids LOVE Sport
Episode 5 - Rae Anderson

Rae Anderson is an Australian Summer Paralympian in Track and Field and is am aiming to become the 7th Australian dual Summer and Winter Paralympian in Alpine Skiing. She competed at the Rio Paralympics in Discus and Javelin before being given scholarships to transition into Alpine Skiing for the next Winter Paralympics, Beijing 2022.

Rae has left sided Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy. My Cerebral Palsy means she has limited use and control of her left arm and leg. She have no depth perception and feeling in her leg from the knee down and has no ankle movement. 

Rae has always enjoyed a very active lifestyle and started competing in para sport at age 13 in athletics and was quickly identified as a Paralympic Games potential athlete. In 2014, she was selected to compete at the Commonwealth Games in Long Jump and was the youngest athlete on the Australian Athletics team. In 2015, she competed at the World Para Athletics Championships in Doha, where she threw a Personal Best in her favourite event, Javelin to come 6th shortly after completing her final Higher School Certificate examination at the British Consulate earlier that morning. In 2016, I competed at her first Paralympic Games, a dream come true. Rae placed 5th in Javelin with another Personal Best and loved every minute of the competition and her time in the athlete village. In 2017, she competed in her second World Para Athletics Championships in London and placed 6th in Discus with another PB.

After London, Rae was approached by the Australian Para Alpine Coach; after he saw her Skiing with her family, to join an athlete identification camp, where she was offered a scholarship to train in America. Rae loves Athletics but Skiing has always been her passion and she hase been fortunate to be able to ski every winter with her family and their friends who worked as ski instructors in Australia and overseas.