Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: Rio 2016
Para sport: Para athletics
Gender: Female
Date of Birth9 June 1996
CoachRaylene Bates
ResidesDunedin
OccupationStudent
ClassificationF37
Impairment (Disability)Hypertonia (Cerebral Palsy)

Caitlin has had a love for athletics since she was 11 years of age. Originally from Christchurch, Caitlin made the move to Dunedin in 2015 to train with head coach Raylene Bates and to study Physical Education at the University of Otago. She has always been a discus and shot putter at the time of moving to Dunedin but quickly changed to the discipline of javelin when training under coach Raylene Bates. In fact javelin turned into her favourite event. Caitlin loves javelin and athletics, and more specifically the challenges and excitement it brings her. 

In 2015 Caitlin was thrilled to compete in her first major international competition in Doha at the IPC Athletics World Championships. She describes this as an amazing experience where she loved the thrill of competing against other countries. 

Caitlin made her Paralympic debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympics and was part of the New Zealand Paralympic Team who won a stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th). Caitlin placed 7th in the Women’s Javelin F37.

Caitlin officially received her ‘numbered’ Paralympic pin as part of The Celebration Project in Dunedin in February 2021.

Paralympic results

2016Rio Paralympic Games7th – Women’s Javelin F37