Rosemary Little (athletics) will return to the track in the 100m T33/34 for her first Commonwealth Games after competing in shot put at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. The versatile athlete has also competed internationally in hand cycling and Para-rowing. Rosemary contracted a form of autoimmune encephalitis when she was 12, causing idiopathic spastic quadriplegia and generalised dystonia. This meant that she had to re-learn all the skills that she had acquired to that point and has no memory of her life between the ages of 12 and 18. After attending a ‘come and try’ day in 2003, Rosemary’s star quickly rose and she came agonisingly close to qualifying for the Athens Paralympics the following year. Illness and frustration led to an eight-year break before she decided to try again, making the London 2012 Paralympic team where she won bronze in the 100m T34. After three top-five finishes on the track at her second Games in Rio, Rosemary was again struck down by illness, forcing a reclassification and a switch to shot put. Coached by four-time Commonwealth Games hammer thrower, Karyne Di Marco, she came 5th at Tokyo 2020. Rosemary is a qualified occupational therapist and has also studied speech and audiology at Macquarie University.
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