Kelly Cartwright

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Kelly Cartwright
180411 - Kelly Cartwright - 3b - 2012 Team processing.jpg
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Cartwright
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1989-04-22) 22 April 1989 (age 27)
Residence Geelong
Country Australia
Sport Athletics

Kelly Cartwright, OAM (born 22 April 1989) is an Australian athlete. She has won two medals at the London 2012 Paralympics,and represented Australia in the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.


Kelly Anne Cartwright was born on 22 April 1989,[1] and is from Geelong.[1][2][3][4] When she was fifteen, she had a form of cancer called synovial sarcoma. Part of her right leg needed to be amputated due to the cancer[1][5][6] because chemotherapy was not an option.[1] She has a prosthetic leg that she started using in high school.[1] Her regular walking leg cost A$62,000 and needed to be charged every night.[6] Before losing her leg, she played netball.[1][6] She climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in 2009.[1] As of 2012, she works as a receptionist.[1] She is also an Australian Paralympic Committee and Make-A-Wish Foundation ambassador.[1] In 2012, she was named one of Zoo Weekly's sexiest Paralympians.[7]

Cartwright appeared on the fifteenth season of Dancing with the Stars.[8] She has a son (born 4 January 2016) with her partner Ryan.[9]


Cartwright at the London Paralympics
Cartwright at the London Paralympics

Cartwright is a T42 classified runner.[1][10] She is coached by Tim Matthews.[1] In 2008, she had a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.[11] As of 2012, she has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.[12]

Cartwright started competing in 2007.[1] She first represented Australia in 2008.[1] She represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.[13] Making the 100 metre finals, she finished sixth[1] racing on a carbon fibre leg.[6] Going into the Games, she trained in Geelong.[6] She competed in the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, where she finished first while setting a world record in the 100 m event.[1][10] At the 2012 Australian Athletics Championships, she set a world record of 16.26 seconds in the 100 m T42 event.[1][10] In 2012, she was the world champion in the T42 100 m and long jump events.[5][10] At the 2012 London Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the Women's Long Jump F42/44 event and a silver medal in the Women's 100 m T42 event.[13]


Cartwright with athletics teammates at the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

Cartwright was a finalist for the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year.[14] She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Kelly Cartwright". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Aussie Paralympic athletics squad named". Nine MSN. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Chris Dutton (6 June 2012). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Paralympic athletes embrace role model status". ABC News. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Beating the Odds". Sixty Minutes. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Zoo Magazine (17 September 2012). "Sexiest Paralympians". Zoo Magazine. Haymarket, New South Wakes, Australia: EMAP Australia (142): 64–67. ISSN 1833-3222. 
  8. ^ Brennan, Bella (19 June 2015). "The full cast of Dancing With The Stars has been revealed!". Woman's Day. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Baby Max William Miller". Kelly Cartwright's website. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c d "World Records Fall at Australian Athletics Championships | IPC". International Paralympic Committee. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "AIS Athletes at the Beijing Paralympic Games : Research". Australian Sports Commission. 29 July 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Victorian Athletes Selected for London Olympics and Paralympics". VicSport. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Results for Kelly Cartwright from the International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 4 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Freney favourite to win top Paralympian". Australian Associated Press. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 

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