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Paralympian Carlee Beattie showcases the 2012 Australian Paralympic team uniform on the catwalk on day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Paralympian Carlee Beattie showcases the 2012 Australian Paralympic team uniform on the catwalk on day two of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. Caroline Mccredie

CARLEE Beattie lists an athlete from Russia as her major opposition as she aims to win her first Paralympics medal in the August 29-September 9 games in London.

Beattie attended school at St Mary's, Assumption College and Warwick State High School and is now preparing for her second Paralympics.

She is the current world record holder in the F46 long jump with 5.89m.

Last year, she added 11cm to the previous record and then broke it again by 5cm.

The Russian woman won the event at the last world championships with a leap of 5.65m to push Beattie into second.

"I didn't jump well at the world championships," she said.

In the past two months, Beattie has been working on building up her strength as she recovers from a leg injury.

"I plan to be back in full training in a fortnight," she said.

While many athletes use swimming for cross training, it is not part of Beattie's training regime.

"The only time we use the pool is for a bit of fitness work in the off-season," she said.

In the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing, Beattie competed in the 100m and 200m and has both events on her radar.

"The 200 metres is the day before the long jump and I don't want to compromise almost a guaranteed medal in the long jump so may change my program," Beattie said.

"You need to be super fit for the 200."

The 100m will be Beattie's last event in London.

While it is still almost four months to the Paralympics, Beattie said the games became more real after she flew to Sydney for a photo shoot in the new uniforms during fashion week.

"This is the best uniform we have had," she said.

The competition and casual uniforms have been created by 2XU and the ceremony uniform by RM Williams.

"Going to the uniform launch built up my adrenalin a bit before the games."

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