Name: Claire Keefer
Pursuit: Shot Put and Discus
My name is Claire Keefer. I compete in the sport of Athletics, specifically in Shot Put and Discus. I am short statured and compete as a para athlete, but most of the time I throw and train with able bodied throwers. My dream is to represent Australia in the IPC World Championships in 2015 and at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016, and beyond. I am grateful to the Aim For the Stars Foundation for providing me with financial support to assist me to improve my throwing to achieve my dreams.
When did you start?
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
Winning Gold in Discus and Bronze in Shot put at the Australian National Athletics Competition.
What is your dream?
I want to represent Australia at the IPC World Championships and the Paralympics in Shot Put and Discus.
Who or what have inspired you?
I am inspired by other athletes around me who train hard and have a go, no matter what their abilities.
Who's your hero?
Any other special talents?
At the moment I am enjoying Katy Perry and Taylor Swift but this changes
I am still a sucker for Disney movies but keep on going back to Alice in Wonderland.
Gone Girl - it plays with my mind.
Favourite TV Show?
Bones, Pretty Little Liars, NCIS
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
I will use the money to travel to get access to quality competitions with highly ranked throwers in Australian and overseas. All the world ranked throwers in my classification live in the Northern Hemisphere. This means that I will be able to manage the expense of travelling to training and gym myself , this is a three hour round trip and give my parents a break.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
Strength in Size