Carlee seeking second gold at Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro
NOW she has won her first international gold medal, Warwick athlete Carlee Beattie is hoping to make it two in next year's Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Beattie went into the Paralympic World Championships in Doha, Qatar, ranked two in the world in F47 long jump and won gold with her first jump, 5.75m, an outstanding effort even if .26 outside her own world record.
"I was pretty happy to win gold," she said.
Previously, Beattie had three silvers in the long jump, two at the world championships and one at the London Olympics.
After her victory on what was rodeo weekend in Warwick, she stayed in Doha for the rest of the competition for a week and did some light training before taking this week off.
She will be back into training mode in Brisbane on Monday as she considers adding the 100m to her program for the 2016 Paralympics.
"We will start with base training, a lot of running and fitness for the next six weeks with a view to Rio," she said.
"If I train for a second event, it will most likely be the 100 metres."
Her next competition will be in Canberra in February and then the nationals in Sydney in April.
The good news is her body is feeling good and there are no injury issues.
"The competition in Doha was one of my best, it was good to have my coach Gary Bourne as one of the team coaches," Beattie said.
She was delighted but surprised her winning jump at Doha was her first.
"It is often my third or fifth jump," she said.
After finishing school in Warwick, Beattie concentrated on netball and hockey until the age of 25 when she started Paralympic athletics in 2007.
Her total focus for the next year will be on Rio and then she will think about whether to go further with athletics or call it a day.
Beattie has family and plenty of friends in Warwick and will be back to her hometown with a gold medal in the next month.
She has previously been to Warwick Little Athletics to help the youngsters and visited some schools. Beattie was educated at St Mary's, Assumption and Warwick State High schools.
2011 World Championships in Christchurch - Silver in long jump, bronze in 100m
2012 Paralympics in London - Silver in long jump
2013 World Championships in Lyon - Silver in long jump
2015 World Championships in Doha - Gold in long jump
2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro - Going for Gold