Games type: Summer Paralympic Games
Games year: Tokyo 2020
Para sport: Para cycling
Gender: Female
Date of Birth15 May 1962
CoachMichael Bland
ResidesCambridge
OccupationAthlete
ClassificationT1
Impairment (Disability)Traumatic Brain Injury/Ataxia

Eltje lives with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) after being the victim of a hit and run. Her recovery from a coma was classified as the lowest survivable outcome.

Eltje’s TBI means she has challenges with many aspects of mobility and life. She was unable to speak after her accident and patiently re-learned, along with having no short term memory, double vision, and other mental and physical challenges. However, she is renowned for her determination and work-ethic, which hasn’t changed. Eltje works constantly to improve her abilities for hours every day and views the world and its challenges more profoundly than most.

Despite doctors’ skepticism, she was introduced to riding a tricycle in the velodrome in Cambridge by coach, Michael Bland.

Eltje was selected on the HPSNZ Pathway to Podium programme with Paralympics New Zealand in 2018. In 2019, she won two rainbow jerseys and two gold medals at the UCI Para Cycling Road World Championships.

Making her Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, Eltje superbly navigated a very technical course to finish the Women’s T1-2 Time Trial in 5th place, with a time of 38:52.55.

Paralympic Results

2020Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games5th – Women’s T1-2 Time Trial