UWA Athletes Selected for Paralympic Games

04 Aug 2021 | 2 min

Two members of the UWA community have been selected to represent Australia in the upcoming Tokyo Paralympic Games. 

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Silver medalist Rhiannon Clarke of Australia celebrates after the Women's T38 100m Final during athletics on day eight of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 12, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Silver medalist Rhiannon Clarke of Australia celebrates after the Women's T38 100m Final during athletics on day eight of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium on April 12, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

 

Rhiannon Clarke is a current first-year student at UWA, studying a Combined Bachelor's and Master's degree with a Bachelor of Science (Wildlife Conservation) and Master of Biological Science, and is also a member of the UWA Athletics Club. Rhiannon will be competing in the Para-sprint events in Tokyo. Rhiannon has represented Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games where she won silver in the women’s 100m T38, and earning bronze medals in the women’s 100m T38 and women’s 200m T38 at the 2019 World Para-athletics Championships.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 9 : Ella Pardy of Australia compete in the 200m women ambulatory during round 2 of the Nitro Athletics event at Lakeside Stadium Melbourne, Australia, February 9 2017. Nitro Athletics is a new team-based athletics competition aimed to revolutionise track and field and is headlined by Usain Bolt. (Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 9 : Ella Pardy of Australia compete in the 200m women ambulatory during round 2 of the Nitro Athletics event at Lakeside Stadium Melbourne, Australia, February 9 2017. Nitro Athletics is a new team-based athletics competition aimed to revolutionise track and field and is headlined by Usain Bolt. (Photo by Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Ella Pardy, a member of the UWA Athletics Club, will also be heading to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Ella first represented Australia in the long jump T37-38 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, where she placed ninth. Then, in 2015 Ella swapped to competing in Para-sprints, where she finished fifth in both the 100m and 200m T38 events at that year's World Championships. The next year in 2016, Ella was selected for the Rio Paralympics where she finished sixth in the 100 m T38 and won bronze as a member of the Women's 4×100 m T35-38 team. Ella will be competing in the Para-sprint events in Tokyo at her second Paralympic Games.

On behalf of the UWA community, we would like to wish the best of luck to both Rhiannon and Ella in their competitions in Tokyo.

 

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Gabrielle Morri, UWA Sport Marketing Coordinator, 08 6488 3768

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