Huge congratulations to Fabienne Andre for her first Commonwealth Games medal. She picked up a bronze medal in the women’s T33/34 100 metres on 2nd August 2022. She had an excellent finish time of 19:58 seconds and beating Paralympic bronze medallist Australian Robyn Lambird by 10 seconds to take third place.
Fabienne, who lives in Brighton, has been supported by Get Kids Going! for a number of years since she started her Paralympic journey.
She took up wheelchair racing after Para swimming which she started at the age of 14. She began training as a wheelchair racer in 2018 and started competing in July 2019. The Get Kids Going! supported athlete said “I wanted to expand my sporting world. Initially, I was looking at trying both hand cycling and wheelchair racing, as I was keen to do a triathlon, which would enable me to continue swimming too. I had become good friends with a few of the wheelchair racers, so felt this would be a good place to start. Later that year I was invited to try it out at the Weir Archer Academy and something just clicked. I knew that wheelchair racing would be my new competitive focus and passion.”
In June 2021, she secured her first European title as she won the women’s T3. Then just a month later she was overjoyed to hear she had been selected for the Paralympic Games.
It was a very special race as England picked up all three medals in the 100m. Hannah Cockcroft won her first ever Commonwealth Gold and Kare Adenegan came second.
We have been supporters of Get Kids Going! Ambassador Fabienne for a number of years and are always impressed by her enthusiasm and determination.
Fabienne’s was a fantastic result for Get Kids Going! athletes as the Commonwealth Games as Eden Rainbow-Cooper won a silver medal in the women’s marathon.
We are incredibly proud of Fabienne and Eden for their medals and to our President David Weir for all of the coaching and training he provides them through the Weir Archer Academy.