ROSEMARY Little isn't counting her races before they're hatched but there's a chance of change.
The unofficial word is that an 800 metre wheelchair race may accompany her 100 m at the 2016 Rio de Janiero Paralympics.
"I'm six foot two," Little said in the old money of her 188 centimetre height.
To the "so what?" question she would reply: "I have dystonia, which causes spasms in my hands and that means that the 100m is never my favourite event, because getting my arms back can be quite difficult."
Not so difficult that determination and training couldn't overcome the handicap at the recent IPC World Championships in Lyon, and the London Anniversary Games.
"I won a silver medal in the 200m and set an Australian and Oceanic record and won bronze in the 100m," Little said.
"I also got a silver in the London Anniversary Games in the 100m and set an Australian and Oceanic record."
Her 100m time was 19.74 seconds and for the 200m, 33.74 seconds.
But . .
"It takes 50m to build up speed," she said.
Hence the hope that there'll be an 800m race if she goes to Rio.
The 31-year-old from West Pennant Hills has a brain injury caused by a virus, but her classification means there are fewer distances available than for those wheelchair athletes with spinal disabilities.
Little has competed in City to Surfs, half-marathons, has represented Australia at hand-cycling, done the overseas circuit and won a bronze medal in the 100m at last year's London Paralympics.
"You've got no idea," she said of the expense of competition.
Little's London Paralympics bid was imperilled when she collided with another competitor during the 2011 City2Surf and had to find $8000 for a wheelchair replacement.
Then Little had a further disappointment at the Paralympics when she set a world record in her 100m heat, only for the event to be reclassified and her record annulled.
Now she's training several days a week at Parramatta Park under new coach Louise Sauvage, and is both an occupational-therapy and an e-business student.
Planning for an occupation related to the study?
Not a bit.
"I'd like to sell wheelchairs," she said.