Torita Isaac

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Torita Isaac
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Isaac
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1995-07-05) 5 July 1995 (age 21)
Moree, New South Wales
Country Australia
Sport Paralympic athletics
Club University of Queensland
Coached by Wayne Leaver

Torita Isaac (born 5 July 1995) is an Indigenous Australian athlete. She represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics and won a bronze medal at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.[1][2] She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in athletics.[3]


Isaac was born on 5 July 1995 in Moree, New South Wales.[4][5] She is from Jimboomba, Queensland.[6][7] She was born with cerebral palsy, is blind in her right eye and has only 10% minimised vision in her left.[4][7] She has fractured her legs eleven times.[8] She has broken both arms falling off a horse.[8] Isaac is from the Kamilaroi Aboriginal people in the Moree region of New South Wales.[5]

Isaas is an ambassador for the Raise the Bar Academy, a program run by Athletics Australia and Melbourne University, for indigenous secondary school students. She said "“I’ve always wanted to inspire and show my heritage off.I’d like to be a mentor to indigenous kids and also kids with disability in sports. I want to represent Australia, but also my community and my culture. If I can show young indigenous kids you can do something, that nothing can stop you, then that’s extra special for me." [9]


Isaac at the 2012 London Paralympics
Isaac at the 2012 London Paralympics

Isaac first joined an athletics club in 2011,[5][6][8][9] and specialises in sprints.[10] She has been classified as a T13 before being reclassified to T38.[7][8] She is a former member of Jimboomba Athletics Club.[7]

Isaac competed in the 2012 Sydney Track Classic, 2012 Brisbane Track Classic and the 2012 Adelaide Track Classic.[11] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, she finished seventh in the 100 m T38, seventh in the 200 m T38 and fourth in the 4 × 100 m Relay T35-38event.[4][7][12]

Competing at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, she finished seventh in both the Women's 100m and 200m T38.[4] At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, she won a bronze medal in the Women's 400m T38.[2]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, her aim was to receive a podium finish although unfortunately missed out placing 4th overall in the 400 m T38 event with a time of 1:04.47 [13]

She is coached by Wayne Leaver in Brisbane.[4][9]


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  2. ^ a b "Doha 2015". Athletics Australia website. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Torita Isaac profile". International Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 26 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c "Torita Isaac". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Kay, Ross (2012-08-09). "Who are our Queensland Paralympians? - ABC Wide Bay Qld — Australian Broadcasting Corporation". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Boswell, Tom (2012-07-11). "London looms for Jimboomba athlete Torita Isaac | News, events and sport for Logan". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  8. ^ a b c d Aug. 7, 2012, 3:44 a.m. (2012-08-07). "Isaac ready for London". Moree Champion. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  9. ^ a b c Lawrence, Ellisa (5 September 2016). "Paralympics 2016: We're the Superhumans - Queensland's champions". Courier Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  10. ^ "Sullivan named among final seven for Australian London 2012 athletics team | Athletics News". 2012-07-20. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  11. ^ "Torita Isaac recent performances". Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  12. ^ "Paralympics Team List". BigPond Sport. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-08-16. 
  13. ^ Rio Paralympics Results Retrieved 5 November 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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