Cassie Mitchell


Cassie Mitchell
"Winning is awesome, but regardless of the color of the medal, I feel my best when I have thrown my best."


After having switched sports several times due to my physical condition, I made it to the Paralympic Track & Field team, acquiring multiple world titles, medals, and records within 3 years. 

I eventually got the diagnosis of leukemia (blood cancer) a little more than 4-months prior to the 2016 Paralympic Games Opening Ceremony. I never quit. The Games fueled me to overcome the seemingly impossible odds of cancer and chemoptherapy. I was blessed with a silver and bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games despite the ongoing chemotherapy.  In Rio 2016, I was also one of the first athletes to compete in two different sports at the same Games (the other one being swimming). 



Graduating from high school, I had five World Championship titles in western equestrian speed events on a horse I trained myself, and I had a full track & field college scholarship as a sprinter. But everything changed after being paralyzed and having permanent vision damage from a rare autoimmune disease. I was 18. 

I was first immersed in wheelchair athletics at Oklahoma State University where I played wheelchair basketball and got my B.S. in Chemical Engineering. I was set on becoming a Paralympian. Unfortunately, my neurological disease was progressive, so I had to keep changing sports to adapt to new impairments. I have also played rugby and trained in paracycling, becoming the first quadriplegic female to win a national championship and the first quadriplegic female world champion in 2011.

"I cross-trained in track & field prior to doing it at the elite level. I fell in love with track & field all over again, just like I did prior to being disabled."
My sports wheelchair
"To my knowledge, I am the first ever Paralympic athlete to use a Jay back on an IPC-certified seated throws field chair. I absolutely love the improved support I am getting in my throwing chair with this back and without it impairing my throwing motion. With the updated vast array of sizing options, I was able to get precise measurements for a more customized feel and fit. As a quadriplegic (F51) athlete, it is important that I have the "perfect" back support in order to excel in my events (discus and club throw), and I have seen performance gains already in using this back on my throwing chair."
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Road to Glory

Desert Challenge Games, Arizona

Women’s T51 World Record