Angie Ballard
Australian Paralympic athlete
Angie Ballard
Angie Ballard is an Australian Paralympic athlete who competes in T53 wheelchair sprint events. She became a paraplegic at age 7 as the result of a car accident. She began competing in wheelchair racing in 1994, and first represented Australia in 1998. She participated in the 2000 Summer Paralympics, won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Paralympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, and is in Australia's "shadow squad" for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.
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  • 2016
    Age 33
    At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, she won bronze medals in the women's T53 100 m and 400 m.
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    She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
    More Details Hide Details It was her be her fifth Games. It was frightening. Ballard was born on 6 June 1982 in Canberra. At the age of seven, she became a (T10) paraplegic after a car accident, when her mother lost control of the car through fatigue.
  • 2015
    Age 32
    At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Ballard won gold medals in the Women's 200m T53 in a championship record time of 29.33 and the Women's 400m T53.
    More Details Hide Details After winning the 400 m, Ballard said: "This is the one I wanted. I was so nervous coming in, you try and tell yourself that the worst thing that can happen is a loss and starting again tomorrow, but the reality is that this matters so much. I was so scared before the race, perhaps it gave me the adrenalin to get it done. I’ve just worked so hard for this for so long." She also won a bronze medal in the Women's 800 mm T54 behind gold medallist Madison de Rozario. In the inaugural Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in 2005, Ballard placed third in the Women's T53 100 m.
  • 2014
    Age 31
    At the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, she won a gold medal in the 1500 m T54.
    More Details Hide Details She has also raced in and helped organise the 10 km Oz Day wheelchair race, placing 2nd in 1999, 3rd in 2005, and 3rd in 2012. In 1998, together with Louise Sauvage, Christie Skelton, and Holly Ladmore, she completed an relay from Byron Bay to Bondi Beach, which raised $200,000 for disabled athletes.
    She graduated and received an Alumni Award in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 30
    At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, she won silver medals in the Women's 100 m, Women's 200 m and Women's 800 m T53 and a bronze medal in the 400 m T53.
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  • 2012
    Age 29
    She entered the 2012 London Paralympics ranked world number one in both the T53 100 m and 200 m.
    More Details Hide Details At the games, Ballard participated in the T53 class events for 100 m, 200 m, 400 m and 800 m events. She won two silver medals in the 200 m and 400 m T53 events, and a bronze medal in the 100 m T53 event.<ref name="IPC"
  • 2011
    Age 28
    After a couple of sub-par competition results in 2011, Ballard made big changes to her diet, gloves, technique, chair position, and training regime.
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  • 2008
    Age 25
    At the 2008 games, along with her team mates Christie Dawes, Madison de Rozario, and Jemima Moore, she achieved her best Paralympic result, winning a silver medal behind China's world record in the T53/54 4x100 m relay.
    More Details Hide Details In the individual events, she finished fifth in the women's T53 100 m event (a race won in world record time by Huang Lisha), seventh in the women's T53 200 m event (also won in a world record time by Huang), seventh in the women's T53 400 m event, and led out the women's 800 m final, eventually finishing sixth.
    Her goal for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics was to set a personal best, but she also had eyes on a medal.
    More Details Hide Details She took the year off her psychology degree to train six times a week.
  • 2004
    Age 21
    At the 2004 games, she won a bronze medal in the T53 100 m, behind Tanni Grey-Thompson and Francesca Porcellato.
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    After Sauvage retired from competitive wheelchair athletics following the 2004 Games, she became Ballard's coach. her training partner is Madison de Rozario.
    More Details Hide Details Ballard competed in Sydney in the 2000 Summer Paralympics but did not win any medals, placing fourth in both the 100 m and 200 m events; she was also a torch bearer, and featured in the entertainment section of the opening ceremony, where she circled the track in the air, suspended by a blimp and giant inflated angels. In preparation for the 2004 Athens Paralympics, Ballard trained six days a week in 11 sessions. Her training included going to Centennial Park and training on the hills there. It also included track work twice a week and doing weight training at least three times a week. This training schedule caused a few injuries, so she reduced the training frequency for later Games. Just before the Games, she competed in a warm up event in Switzerland, and set Australian records in the 100 m, 400 m and 800 m events.
  • 2002
    Age 19
    In the 2002 World Championships, she won gold in the 100 m.
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    From 2002 she held a sports scholarship at the University of Sydney, where she was coached by Andrew Dawes (Christie's husband).
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Dawes also coached Louise Sauvage, and on occasion the two would train together.
  • 2000
    Age 17
    Ballard has been appointed as an ambassador or advocate by a number of organisations with an interest in people with disabilities, sport, health, or exercise. In 2000 she was selected for Team MAA (Motor Accidents Authority), to discuss road trauma with other young people.
    More Details Hide Details In 2005 she was appointed as an ambassador for Technical Aid to the Disabled. She helped recruit volunteers, attended fundraisers, posed for photos and showed them her medal. Later that year she also visited patients at the Westmead Children's Hospital alongside a number of celebrities to help them celebrate Christmas. In 2007 Ballard was chosen as an ambassador for Walk to Work Day. She is on the board of the Wheelchair Sports Association of New South Wales. Alongside a number of other university-affiliated athletes, Ballard attended a press conference to oppose the introduction of Voluntary Student Unionism.
    By 2000, she held national records in the T53 100 m and 200 m events.
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  • 1998
    Age 15
    In August 1998, Ballard competed at the International Paralympic Committee World Championships in Birmingham, England, where she was part of the gold medal winning Australian women's 4 x100 m and 4x400 m relay teams.
    More Details Hide Details Both relay wins set long-standing world records.
  • 1997
    Age 14
    By 1997, she started taking the sport more seriously and began setting records in Australian athletics for her classification.
    More Details Hide Details A year later she was representing her country on the international stage.
  • 1994
    Age 11
    She began competing in wheelchair racing in 1994, and first represented Australia in 1998.
    More Details Hide Details Over four Paralympic Games from 2000 to 2012, she has won three silver and two bronze medals. Her current coach is Louise Sauvage and her training partner is Madison de Rozario. Ballard held athletics scholarships at the Australian Institute of Sport from 1999 to 2001, and The University of Sydney (while studying first commerce and then psychology), and also represents the New South Wales Institute of Sport. She has been appointed by a number of organisations as a disability or sports ambassador, and currently sits on the board of Wheelchair Sports NSW.
  • 1982
    Born in 1982.
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