Rae Anderson is an Australian para alpine skier that competes in the moguls discipline. She is one of only a few athletes to represent Australia at both a summer and winter Paralympics after having previously competed at the Rio 2016 summer Games and being selected for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
Hailing from Wamberal on the the NSW Central Coast, Rae participated in many sports growing up before a chance encounter with Paralympic gold medallist and world champion Evan O’Hanlon in 2010 inspired her to give para-athletics a go. She excelled in the throwing events but began training for the long jump when she learned that the discus throw would not be contested at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Making her international debut at 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rae placed seventh in the long jump T37/38.
Switching back to the throwing events, Rae competed at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar. She placed seventh in the discus F37 and threw a personal best in the Javelin F37 to place sixth. Incredibly the year 12 student completed her final HSC exam at the British Consulate in Doha the morning of the Javelin event.
Making her Paralympic debut at age 19 at the Rio 2016 Games, Rae recorded a fifth place finish in javelin and eighth place in discus. The following year at the 2017 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, Rae finished second in the women’s javelin F37, but it was a non-medal event.
Shortly after the 2017 World Championships Rae was skiing with her family when she was approached by an Australian Para Alpine Coach who asked her to join an athlete identification camp. The NSW Institute of Sport scholarship holder was then offered the opportunity to training the US.
In 2018 she took a year-long break from elite sport to focus on her studies, moving to Indonesia for six months to pursue a degree in cultural studies.
Returning to competition for the 2019/2020 season, Rae achieved a sixth place finish in the Slalom (standing) at the World Para Alpine Skiing Mammoth Mountain California 2019 and fourth in the Giant Slalom (standing) at the World Para Alpine Skiing Winter Park 2020.
At the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, Rae became just the seventh Australian to compete at both the Summer and Winter Paralympics. In a stunning Winter Games debut – without having competed at a world cup event – Rae recorded two top-ten finishes when she came seventh in the women’s slalom standing and tenth in the giant slalom.