Carlee leaps to gold
WARWICK Paralympian Carlee Beattie proved she can mix it with the best in the world when she jumped 5.73 metres to win the gold medal in her category at the Australian Athletics Championships in Perth.
Her winning distance equalled the world record but won’t be recognised as it was wind assisted.
The winning jump for able-bodied athletes was 6.2m.
If she had competed in the able-bodied long jump, she would have finished sixth in Australia in Perth.
Beattie ran 26.56 seconds, a personal best by .8 of a second, in the 200 metres to win her class.
In the 100m, she ran 13.21 to win her class to follow up from her strong performance at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.
Beattie is training at the Queensland Academy of Sport in Brisbane and is studying at the Endeavour College of Natural Health to be a nutritionist.
She trains under coach Brett Jones who guided her to her first Paralympics two years ago.
Before the games in Beijing, Beattie set a new Australian record in javelin before suffering an injury and is now concentrating on the long jump and 200m.
Beattie is now aiming to compete in the world championships in January in New Zealand.
She is a former student of St Mary’s, Assumption and Warwick State High School.