Carlee Beattie eyes off Rio Paralympics and the chance to go for gold
ATHLETICS: World recordholder Carlee Beattie is training six days a week in preparation for her third Paralympics later this year.
The 33-year-old won silver in long jump at the London Paralympics and would love to make it gold in Rio de Janeiro.
While the team hasn’t been named, former Warwick student Beattie has jumped a number of Paralympic qualifiers and is certain to be in the Australia team.
She is training in a squad under coach Gary Bourne which includes long jumpers Henry Frayne and Chelsea Jaensch who have already qualified for the Rio Olympics.
“I train three to four hours each day and it is going really well,” she said.
Beattie will be the only athlete from the Bourne squad at the Paralympics. She holds the world record for her classification, 6.01m.
She will travel to Townsville for a meet in early June where she can work on a few technical issues. Aspiring Olympian Matthew Denny, of Allora, is also eyeing off the Townsville meet to chase an Olympic qualifier in discus.
Beattie will compete against able-bodied athletics in long jump in Townsville after finishing fourth in the able bodied competition at this year’s state championships. She has made national finals in able bodied long jump, an outstanding effort for an athlete with a disability.
A decision on retirement or continuing on after Rio doesn’t even rate a thought in Beattie’s mind right now. Her foucs is to win gold at Paralympic level after winning a 2015 world championships gold.