Hi, welcome to another edition of ‘Meet-the-Rower’! Today, we’re profiling Caitlin Lisle, AS Para-Rower and Veterinarian.
“My names Caitlin. I am a L1 paraplegic, full time vet, and part time rower.”
“When I was 18 I was studying at Charles Sturt Uni in Wagga and had a horse riding accident which left me a paraplegic. I spent 6 months in hospital then moved back to Wagga where I finished my degree. At uni I started playing basketball first locally and then in the women’s national basketball league with the Sydney uni flames. In 2010 I started studying vet science at the University of Sydney.
“In 2011 I represented Australian at the Under 25 women’s basketball world championships in Canada, we won silver. Leading up to the London 2012 Paralympics I was named as part of the squad but unfortunately missed out on a couple of places to make the team. In 2013 I got the opportunity to play on the Australian women’s senior team in two international competitions in Japan and Thailand. In 2014 I decided to take the year off Basketball so I could concentrate on the final year of my vet science degree.
“On graduating I wanted to focus 100% on basketball however found full time training took the love a bit out of the sport and so decided to take up rowing to diversify a bit at the beginning of 2015. From the first moment I have been absolutely hooked. Since starting rowing I got a full time job as a vet which I thoroughly enjoy.
“In mid 2015 I decided I wasn’t enjoying basketball as much as the other 2 things in my life and thought it was finally time to throw in the towel. I am now focusing on rowing, fitting in racing and training around my job.
Caitlin has made incredible improvements in the boat over the past two years, winning numerous medals at both club and state level. This year she trialed as part of the potential 2017 Australian Rowing Team para-squad for the world championships. Although missing out on the team this year, expect big things from her in the seasons to come!
When Caitlin isn’t in a boat she is off around the world – as an avid traveler and author, you can find Caitlin writing about her experiences as a solo backpacker at her blog, Wheelchair wanderings.