Christie Dawes

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Christie Dawes

Wheelchair Racing Athlete at Paralympics Australia

At ten years of age, just 11 months after her dad had taken his own life – Christie became a paraplegic in a car accident. It was a horror couple of years for Christie’s family, and only through the boundless support of her mum, Roslyn, did Christie go on to become an elite athlete and make her Paralympic debut in 1996. 

Now, after competing internationally for more than two decades, she has rightfully earned a reputation for being one of the fiercest competitors in the sport of wheelchair racing. Christie achieved three Paralympic podiums – two silver, one bronze – and two world titles from the 1998 International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships.    

Christie is a wife and mum to beautiful children.  She is also a qualified teacher, a successful property developer and a regular on ABC radio and Channel 9 TV. 

Christie’s passion project is being a mentor to others who have had a spinal cord injury.  She acknowledges that she couldn’t have achieved everything without support and guidance along the way.  So in true Christie spirit, she believes in giving back and now helps others navigate through tough times, giving them the confidence to move forward towards their goals.  

It’s anyone’s guess how she manages to juggle training, family and work. We think it’s fair to say Christie is an overachiever.  

In what will likely be her last Paralympic Games, Christie will soon be heading to Tokyo, we wish her all the best.