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About me

  • Paralympics
  • Sport
  • Sporting Events
  • Javelin Throw
  • Athletics
  • Track and Field
  • Keynote Speaker
  • Professional
  • Winter Sports
  • Commonwealth Games
  • Rio Paralympic Games
  • Discus Throw
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Model
  • Celebrity
  • World Championships

Rae Anderson is a Dual Summer and Winter Australian Paralympian and Para Matilda. She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Summer Paralympics in athletics and at the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics in alpine skiing, becoming the seventh Australian Paralympic athlete and only second female to represent Australia at a Summer and Winter Paralympics. A month after Beijing, Rae followed this achievement by being selected in the Australian Para Matildas squad placing Runners Up at the Inaugural Female Football World Cup Salau 2022. In 2023, Rae was again selected for the Para Matildas squad that took home the Inaugural Asian-Oceania IFCPF Women's Cup, the first of its kind to be aired on live mainstream TV.

At age one she was diagnosed with Left Hemiplegic Dystonic and Spastic Cerebral Palsy, not being expected to walk unassisted. This was followed by ongoing physiotherapy, several multilevel surgeries and rehabilitation. In 2018 she took a year-long break from elite sport to focus on her studies. She moved to Indonesia for six months to pursue a degree in cultural studies in Bahasa Indonesia at the Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. Now, she has finished her undergraduate degree and is completing Honours at the University of Sydney, on scholarship at Sancta Sophia College, exploring the Socio-technical, Cultural, and Religious Benefits and Barriers for the Assimilation of Disabled Identifying Indonesians into Mainstream Indonesian Society

She has worked as Co-Director at University Bridge Project, a cultural exchanges initiative between Australian and Indonesian university students. In January 2021, she began working part-time as Project Coordinator at Disability Sports Australia before moving into a new role with Disability Sports Australia in 2022. Rae also works for Cerebral Palsy Sporting and Recreation Association in a similar role since May 2017 and speaks across Australia and Indonesia as a motivational speaker in schools and for corporate companies. 

Rae's talks often hit home for every listener, as every stage of her life has a piece that can resonate with students to the older generations in the workforce and beyond. Rae has overcome societal barriers of sexism in male-dominated sports and her own PTSD, to show that anything is possible with a little 'Mimpi' and a drive to chase opportunities.

Public Speaking/Talks - My Little Mimpi:
- Dual Paralympian journey 
- Para Matilda - being a part of a team
- Setting Mimpi/Goals
- Overcoming PTSD to achieve goals/Resilience 
- Life after sport/Motivation

Panel Topics:
- Women in sport and the workplace
- Disability and Inclusion
- Mindset/Mental Health

Previous Interviews:

Studio 10 live - Rae Anderson & Para Matildas

Rae Anderson on the importance of para-sport

Kids LOVE Sport Episode 5 - Rae Anderson

Saturdays on the Coast - Rae Anderson

Rae was very well received by the attendees. Her story was inspirational, succinct and powerful. We have received quite a bit of feedback from the night and everyone has mentioned how great the guest speaker was. Rae was also very interactive with everyone in the evening and was one of the first to arrive, one of the last to leave making sure anyone that wanted to speak with her, get photos or anything did not leave empty handed. I would highly recommend Rae to anyone that was asking for an inspirational speaker. Thank you Rae for being a humble, kind and professional guest at our function. We wish you all the very best in your upcoming sporting endeavours! -  James, Tester Porter Services 

Available in

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New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, Victoria

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