DOB – 30th August 1985

EVENT – 100m and 200m

MEDAL – 5th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS DOHA 2015 – GOLD in 100m and 200m

PERSONAL BEST – 11.89 sec


“Athletics has always been a huge passion of mine and I have been running since I was 6 years old. What I enjoy about the sport is the opportunity it gives you to challenge yourself every time you set foot on the track”.

Ilse Hayse lives in Stellenbosch, South Africa and has completed a Sports Science degree and then her honours in Pediatric Sciences.

At age seven, Ilse was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease – a condition which affects the central vision and the ability to see basic detail.

After getting her first taste for the sport at school, she took up para-athletics in 2001 and one year later was crowned 400m World Champion at the 2002 IPC Athletics World Championships in France, at the age of just 16. She also won 100m bronze in 13.06sec

In 2004 at her first Paralympics Games in Athens she took the bronze medal in 400m T13, followed with another bronze in 400m and 200m (26.32sec) at the IPC World Championships 2006 in Netherlands.

She won her first gold in long jump 5.68 m at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008.

Ilse goldmedal

“ I wake up every morning with the drive in me to become the best version of myself today and that motivates me to work hard. God has given me this talent and it’s my responsibility to make the most of it.”

In 2011 Ilse made her mark on the world stage at the IPC World Championships in Christchurch New Zealand ended the competition with two gold medals in both long jump with 5.80m and 100m with 12.49 sec

In 2012 at the Paralympic Games in London she defended the long jump title and she claimed another silver in the 100m with 12.41 sec

In the same year she was recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in sport in South Africa by Department Sport and Recreation.

Ilse Nike

“The WHY I do athletics is to inspire others, abled or disabled. Everyone has obstacles in their life, mine being my visual impairment, but you still have the choice whit what you want to make of it. I strive to give people that HOPE that anything is possible if you just believe in yourself and get your strength from God”.

In 2013 Ilse Hayes received the “Order of Ikhamanga in silver for courageous and relentless pursuit of excellence” from president Jacob Zuma.

Lately she took part to the 4th IPC World Championships in Lyon bringing back another silver in 100m and a gold medal in the long jump, as well the new championship record.

In 2014 and 2015 she made a huge step forward in her sport career.

She started breaking the African record in the T13 100m in Notwill, Switzerland and then at the IPC Grand Prix 2015 in Sao Paolo, Brazil she became the fastest para-athlete clocking 11.89 sec in 100m.

She ended the season with two gold medal in 100m and 200m at the 5th IPC World Championships in Doha 2015 Qatar.

Ilse SA flag

“My goal in my athletics career is to become the best athlete that I possibly can be. My aim is to do everything in my power to achieve that and to push my personal barriers continously. I don’t want to have any regrets when I retire one day. My goal is to always improve and strive for higher heights and to never settle for anything less”.


  • 2002 Rotary Youth Merit Award
  • 2003 Presidential Award
  • 2004 – 2008 – 2012 – 2013 – 2015 Maties Sporstswomen of the year Award at the University of Stellenbosch
  • 2011 – 2012 – 2013 – Western Province Disabled Sportswomen of the year Award
  • 2012 in the list of the 100most influential people in sport South Africa by Department Sport and Recreation
  • 2013 “Order of the Ikhamanga in silver for courageous and relentless pursuit of excellence”
  • 2013 Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans
  • 2015 Spar Gsport Award for Disabled Sportswomen of the year


  Performance Date Place
1st IPC World Championships Gold – 400m

Bronze – 100m

2002 Lille, France
Paralympic Games Bronze – 400m 2004 Athens, Greece
2nd IPC World Championships Bronze – 400m and 200m 2006 Assen, Netherlands
All African Gamens Gold – 400m

Silver – LJ

2007 Algeria
Paralympic Games Gold – LJ

Silver – 100m

2008 Beijing, China
3rd IPC World Championships Gold – 100m and LJ

Bronze – 200m

2011 Christschurch, New Zeleand
Paralympic Games Gold – LJ

Silver – 100m

2012 London, UK
4th IPC World Championships Gold – LJ

Silver – 100m

2013 Lyon, France
IPC Grand Prix Gold – 100m 2015 San Paolo, Brazil
5th IPC World Championships Gold – 100m and 200m 2015 Doha, Qatar

“My motto in sport is to always give your 100% in everything you do and to live in the moment. When you go down in your blocks, you must go down with confidence that I have done everything that I can to be the best athlete that I can be. No half measures in my books. It’s really important to always have fun as well. If you don’t enjoy what you do then waking up in the morning on rainy days is going to get tough. I apply these principles on and off the track”.

Athletes in class T13 can recognize the shape of objects and can observe clearly above 2/60 and up to 6/60. This means that we can recognise contours between 2 and 6 metres away while other people can see objects from 60 meters. The visual field of the athletes varies between more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees. From the three visually impaired classes this is the only class that has to run without a guide. All able body rules apply to this class. In general vision in blurred and the biggest issue is that detail is distorted.