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TURNER James
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age23
Place of BirthPenrith, AUS
Height1.78 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - University of New South Wales Canberra Campus: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015.
Why this sport?
He switched to Para athletics after the Australian national Para football seven-a-side team failed to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Club / Team
Athletics Wollongong: Australia
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national]
Training Regime
He trains for about 20 hours a week, which includes work in the gym on stability and balance exercises.
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
Paralympic Games
Location
Rio de Janeiro, BRA
General Interest
Nicknames
Jimmy (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Drawing, reading, writing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the world record in the men's T36 800m at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; db.ipc-services.org, 18 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Iryna Dvoskina. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para sprinter Evan O'Hanlon. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'd like to be able to push my limits of what my classification can do, to see how far I can take it." (paralympic.org, 03 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2017 he was named Sports Person of the Year by the University of Wollongong in Australia. (illawarramercury.com.au, 27 Oct 2017)

In January 2017 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of the gold medal he won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

He was named the 2016 Paralympic Rookie of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (paralympic.org, 09 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has played Para football seven-a-side for Australia, and was named the 2013 Para Football Player of the Year by Football Federation Australia [FFA]. (paralympic.org.au, 2016; nswpl.com.au, 2013)
Ambitions
To set a world record in the T36 400m. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
RIO COMEDOWN
He sought help from a sports psychologist following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he had won gold and broken the world record in the T36 800m. He believes his issues stemmed from childhood, when he was never able to beat the other children at school, and as a result he had promised himself that one day he would be the best at something. "I won [in Rio de Janeiro], I broke the world record and everything was the same. I wasn't profoundly changed, I was still the same guy. I came to realise that nothing that I did would fix all my problems and that was a hard realisation for me." (paralympic.org, 03 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 800m T36 2:02.39
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 200m T36 24.09
1 2017 400m T36 54.27
1 2017 800m T36 2:08.78
1 2019 100m T36 11.72
1 2019 400m T36 51.71