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Maria Strong (athlete)

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Maria Strong
Personal information
Born (1971-03-11) 11 March 1971 (age 50)
Country Australia
SportParalympic athletics
ClubAthletics Essendon

Maria Strong (born 11 March 1971) is an Australian Paralympic athlete. She has been selected for 2020 Summer Paralympics.[1][2]


Strong was born on 11 March 1971.[3] She has cerebral palsy and was also been diagnosed with autism, epilepsy, and a brain injury that she acquired after experiencing status epilepticus in her twenties.[4] In 2021, she lives in Melbourne and works as swimming instructor.[4]


She has been an athletics official since 2014 and then decided to take up the shot put at the age of 46.[4] She is classifed as F33 and coached by Australian Paralympian John Eden.[4]

Her first international competition was the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, where she placed fifth in the Women's Shot Put F33.[3]


Strong was awarded the Disability Sport and Recreation's Masters Sports Person of the Year at the 2018 Victorian Disability Sport and Recreation Awards.[4]


  1. "Para-athletics Team Set To 'Do What Australia Does Best' At Tokyo 2020". Paralympics Australia. 23 July 2021. Retrieved 23 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. "Stronger in more ways than one". The Herald Sun. 11 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Maria Strong". Dubai 2019 Results. Retrieved 25 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Maria Strong". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 24 July 2021. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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