Beijing 2008, London 2012
World record in the F46 long jump (6.01m)
Winning silver and bronze at the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships and silver at London 2012
Carlee Beattie is a star in the long jump pit and broke her own world record in the F46 long jump at the 2013 Sydney Track Classic, jumping 6.01m – 8cm further than her previous record.
As the record holder heading into the London Games, Carlee was confident she could jump to a medal position and despite dealing with an ongoing injury, won her first ever Paralympic medal – a silver.
She was born without a fully formed arm but her long, slender frame meant she was perfect for a career in sport. Having originally flourished in netball, where she was named the most valuable player at the 2000 Netball Queensland State Titles, Carlee found athletics and set about reaching the Paralympic Games.
She debuted in Beijing and although her results didn’t see her win a medal, they were encouraging as she developed into the world’s best at long jump. At the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships, her next major international meet since Beijing, Carlee won silver in the long jump and bronze in the 100m. In the lead up to London, Carlee trained using a prosthetic arm, which has helped her better strengthen her body.
Carlee knows better than most people how to choose the right food to eat before a competition. She is studying nutrition at Endeavour College of Natural Health, due for completion by 2013, and hopes one day to be a sports nutritionist.
Raised in a sporty family with two brothers, she loves spending time with her family. She also loves going to the movies and the beach, reading a good thriller novel and painting when she has the time.
Since London, Carlee has focused on long jump and is training with Olympic silver medallist Mitchell Watt’s long jump coach, Gary Bourne.