Queer Aussie Robyn Lambird wins medal in Paralympics debut


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Queer Australian Paralympian Robyn Lambird has scored a bronze medal in wheelchair racing in their Paralympics debut in Tokyo.

On Sunday afternoon, the non-binary wheelchair racer placed third in the women’s 100m T34 final, behind Britain’s Hannah Cockroft who won gold.

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Lambird, who is from Western Australia, is one of three non-binary athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. And with their bronze win Lambird is the first out non-binary athlete to win a Paralympic medal.

Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at age nine, Lambird said their first Paralympics experience was years in the making.

“It’s my first Games and it’s been almost a 10-year dream,” they explained after the win.

“So to be here and to win a medal among the best in the world… it’s awesome.”

Lambird added, “I just want to show all the kids out there – with disabilities or not – if you have a dream, chase it.

“There’s always a way, and you can find that way.”

 

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Robyn Lambird is one of two out queer Australian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Also joining them is Maria Strong from Victoria. Strong also has cerebral palsy, and is competing in the women’s seated shot put.

Both the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics have made history with record levels of LGBTIQ+ representation.

Robyn Lambird wants to boost visibility with their modelling

Athlete Robyn Lambird is also a model, and has appeared in campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Bonds, Target and ModiBodi.

They said they want to boost visibility of people with disabilities in the media, as well as challenge society’s perceptions of sexuality.

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“Here, queer, and ready to remind you that disabled people are hot,” they wrote on Instagram.

“And that mobility aids aren’t a sign of tragedy. They are a source of freedom, which is totally sexy.

“We have to be visible, we have to be seen. That way the community has to care and know that we’re a part of society.”

 

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