Sally Pearson, Usain Bolt
Winning silver in 100m at the Global Games in Italy 2011
Usain Bolt’s 100m gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympics
As a qualified personal trainer, Stephanie Schweitzer has used her high level of fitness to great effect both on and off the athletic track.
A dominant junior performer, Stephanie burst onto the scene at the 2005 Pacific School Games, winning gold in the long jump in addition to four silver medals and one bronze. She then won two gold and one silver at the 2007 Australian Underage Championships to underline her status as one of the best up and coming athletes in Australia.
Born with a learning disability, Stephanie has focused all of her drive and determination on qualifying for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team in long jump. At just 14-years-old, Stephanie won gold in the 400m at the 2007 National Championships, catapulting her into the national squad for the 2007 INAS-FID World Championships. Her continuous improvement saw Stephanie win silver in the 100m at the 2011 Global Games in Italy – the highlight of her career to date.
Unsurprisingly, she lists the gym among her favourite hobbies, and also enjoys driving, watching movies and travelling in her spare time. The fifth ranked AWD long jumper in the world is hoping an increased range of T20 and F20 events for athletes with intellectual disabilities are reintroduced to the Paralympics in future years, hopefully paving the way for Stephanie to excel at London 2012 and beyond.
Not just a fierce competitor on the track, Stephanie plans to coach athletics in top line able bodied and AWD events. She plans to use the world beating achievements of Usain Bolt and Sally Pearson as inspiration in her own athletic endeavours at the London 2012 Games.