PETRICOLA Emily

24 Apr 1980
41
Female
C4
BRISBANE, QLD
 
Australia

Events and Medals

Discipline Event Rank Medal
CTR Cycling Track Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit 1 Gold Medal

Records

Record Event Mark Date Location
WR Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit Qualifying 3:38.061 25 August, 2021 Tokyo (JPN)
PR Women's C4 3000m Individual Pursuit Qualifying 3:38.061 25 August, 2021 Tokyo (JPN)

Schedule

Change
Start Time Location Event Status
Izu Velodrome
Finished
Izu Velodrome
Finished

Biographical Information

Highlights

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CYCLING ROAD
RankEventYearLocation
Road World Championships
1C4 Time Trial2019Emmen, NED
5Women's C4 - Road Race2019Emmen, NED
Track World Championships
1Women's C4 - Scratch Race2020Milton, ON, CAN
1Women's C4 - Omnium2020Milton, ON, CAN
3Women's C4 - Scratch Race2019Apeldoorn, NED

CYCLING TRACK
RankEventYearLocation
Track World Championships
1C4 3000m Individual Pursuit2020Milton, ON, CAN
1C4 3000m Individual Pursuit2019Apeldoorn, NED
2C4 3000m Individual Pursuit2018Rio de Janeiro, BRA
3Women's C4 - 500m Time Trial2018Rio de Janeiro, BRA
4Women's C4 - 500m Time Trial2020Milton, ON, CAN
4Women's C4 - 500m Time Trial2019Apeldoorn, NED
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Em, Pepsi (Instagram profile, 27 Apr 2020; vis.org.au, 13 Dec 2017)
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Travel, reading. (australiancyclingteam.com, 01 May 2020)
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Sports Administrator
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English Literature, History, Politics - LaTrobe University, Melbourne, VIC, AUS
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English, Italian
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St. Kilda Cycling Club [Australia]
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She took part in her first Para cycling race in 2015 in Ballarat, VIC, Australia. (Instagram profile, 24 Oct 2018)
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She was encouraged to get into the sport by Australian Olympic rower Matt Ryan, who was also her colleague at work. "I told him my issues and how desperately I wanted to get back into exercise and he came up with a plan. We put a stationary bike in the office with the A/C [air conditioning] on and a fan in my face and started small. After about six months, I was going through a really hard personal time and he said, 'You need something positive to focus on, I think you should try to make the Tokyo Paralympics team. If you work half as hard at that as you do this job, no one will get near you.' Matt knew that the woman who won the cycling time trial at the previous Paralympics had MS [multiple sclerosis] and when I saw that I went off to see if I could get classified. I could and was classified as a WC4 Para cyclist." (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)
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To win two gold medals at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (infocrank.cc, 12 Feb 2021)
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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (vis.org.au, 13 Dec 2017)
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Coaches Shane Kelly and Matt Ryan. (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)
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"I don't know what tomorrow will bring. All I can do is get up and force myself to do whatever I can each day, just do my best with everything I attempt despite whatever else is going on." (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)

General Interest

Classification
C4 (UCI, 03 May 2021)

Type of Impairment
Impaired muscle power, Impaired range of motion (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)

Origin of Impairment
Acquired (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)

Impairment Details
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 27. The condition affects her in a number of ways, including left foot drop and weakness across all four of her limbs. (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)

General
LIFE CHANGER
She had difficulty with the physical effects of her multiple sclerosis before meeting Australian Olympic rower Matt Ryan and Australian Olympic cyclist Shane Kelly. Ryan was one of her work colleagues, while Kelly is married to one of her friends. "I asked [Shane] if he'd help coach me. He didn't really have a choice but, in any case, he said, 'Yeah absolutely.' From that moment, we started on this path. I would never have thought that my body was capable of doing anything near what it's currently doing, the training for Paras [Para athletes] is as demanding and strenuous as it is for the able-bodied riders, just managed differently depending on the impairment. But both Matt and Shane believed it possible for me. Whenever there was a MS [multiple sclerosis] roadblock, they would find a way around it. It's no exaggeration to say that Matt and Shane saved my life. I say that because I was in such a bad place and their belief in me is the only reason that I'm doing what I'm doing today. Having something positive to focus on in that moment in my life kept me moving forward." (athletesvoice.com.au, 01 Nov 2019)

OCCUPATION
She works as a coach development co-ordinator for rowing at Brisbane Grammar School in Queensland, Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2020)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied for a master's degree in secondary teaching at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. (Facebook profile, 28 Dec 2017)

Legend
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Gold Medal
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Gold Medal Event
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Silver Medal Event
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Bronze Medal Event
PR:
Paralympic Record
WR:
World Record
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