Former Moree girl Torita Isaac is off to the Paralympics in London.
Isaac’s dedication to making it into the London team was proven when she competed in the National Championships in Melbourne despite having 11 bone fractures in her legs.
She still managed to run 100m in 14.38 seconds.
Since the incident, Isaac has not stepped foot on the track and has been forced to maintain her fitness through rigorous swimming and gym training.
Isaac has cerebral palsy, is blind in her right eye and has only 10 per cent minimised vision in her left, meaning she can only see six metres in front of her.
Initially classed as a T13 (vision impaired) competitor, Isaac now competes under a TF38 classification, which reflects her added disability, cerebral palsy.
Torita discovered her love for running after an accidental fall from a horse that left her with not one but two broken arms.
In her own way she climbed back on that horse by competing in her school’s cross country overcoming not only her injuries but her disabilities to place fourth in this mainstream event.
The feeling of freedom that running gave this brave, young girl inspired her and it quickly became Isaac’s passion.
Her self esteem and motivation soared. She began with the help of her ever supportive parents, nominating for anything and everything - from the 3000-metre QLD Sport Events to the National Cross Country Championships.
Isaac will run in the 4x100m relay and the 100m running events.
She is ranked fifth in the world in her class.
Proud parents Jason and Vicki said she had worked hard to make the team.
“Torita is very proud of her heritage and was invited to raise the Aboriginal flag at the Kedrom Park State Emergency Centre during 2012 NAIDOC Week celebrations,” they said.
Isaac leaves Australia for London on Thursday.