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WHITTINGTON Nathan
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age28
Place of BirthGoulburn, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Army
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He started athletics when he was 18 years old in Canberra.
Why this sport?
He turned to athletics as a way of rehabilitating his leg after a jet ski accident, and found he had a talent for the sport.
Club / Team
Australian Institute of Sport: Canberra, ACT, AUS
Name of coach
Brett Robinson
Coach from which country?
Australia
Senior International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Awards and honours
He was named the Australian Armyís 2012 Blood Challenge ambassador. (defence.gov.au, 2012)
Ambitions
To compete in the 2106 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He is also hoping to ultimately become a Physical Training Instructor for the Australian army.
(defence.gov.au, 2012; canberratimes.com.au, 14 Apr 2013)
Impairment
In November 2010 he fell off the back of a jet ski which was towing a water skier in Townsville. As he fell, his foot became tangled in the jet ski's tow rope. He said he could remember being under water, the rope being pulled off like it had loosened, and floating to the surface thinking something was not right. "My mate came over, and asked me what was wrong. I said, 'I don't know, my ankle's a bit sore', and lifted my foot out of the water. He realised before I did that my foot was gone." Rather than have the amputation just above his ankle, he elected to have it done half way up his calf so it would be easier to walk on a prosthetic limb (canberratimes.com.au, 14 Apr 2013)
Other information
DEFENCE FORCE PARALYMPIC PROGRAMME
In 2010, the Australian Paralympic Committee and the Australian Defence Force [ADF] established the ADF Paralympic Sports Program, which uses sport as a form of rehabilitation for soldiers who are permanently injured during their service. His involvement in the program has resulted in his sprinting talent flourishing to the extent that his ambition to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro is a realistic goal. "When I lost my foot, one door may have closed but so many more have opened up. I canít thank the ADF and the APC enough Ė this whole journey has been amazing". (athletics.com.au, 25 Mar 2013; canberratimes.com.au, 14 Apr 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
There are no major results available for this athlete.