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Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
Place of BirthWaratah, AUS
Height1.97 m
Weight 104 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Further Personal Information
Partner Carly Wilson
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Athlete, Real Estate Agent, Volunteer
Higher education
Economics - University of Newcastle: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics at age 29 in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Why this sport?
He switched from Para rowing to Para athletics after he was unable to compete in the former at the world championships in 2015 due to problems with his impairment classification.
Club / Team
UC Ginninderra Athletics Club [AUS] / Australian Capital Territory Academy of Sports [AUS]:
Name of coach
Hamish MacDonald [UC Ginninderra], AUS
Senior International Debut
Competing for
World Championships
London, ENG
General Interest
Cam, Crabs (Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2018; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Playing sports, playing the guitar, working on motorbikes and cars. (, 2017; Facebook profile, 29 Jun 2017; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the men's F38 shot put world record to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (, 30 Sep 2019; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hamish MacDonald. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para athlete Marty Jackson. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
In 2018 he suffered from a stress fractures in his lower back. He was unable to compete for five months. (, 13 Sep 2018; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)

In 2016 he sustained a bone spur in his right elbow that forced him to undergo surgery in November 2019. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019; Instagram profile, 17 Nov 2019)

In 2015 he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was out of action for two months. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." [Zig Ziglar]. (, 30 Sep 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para rowing at national level in Australia. He also played basketball at club level for the Newcastle Hunters in New South Wales, Australia. (, 2017)
Famous relatives
His great-grandfather Gavin Russell played football for Australia in the 1930s. His partner Carly Wilson competed in basketball at national level. His aunt Miriam Manzano was Australian champion in figure skating and represented Australia at the world championships. (Carly Wilson Instagram profile, 11 Aug 2019;, 2017; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2019)
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
He has left-sided hemiplegia [paralysis] due to a stroke during premature birth. He was unaware of the condition until age 22. "My parents did the best by me bringing me up as close to a normal child as they could and gave me plenty of great opportunities in life. But it definitely explained a lot of things with being fatigued and coordination stuff that people with cerebral palsy suffer with. It wasn't really a negative experience finding out, I just took it on board and thought let's see what I can do" (, 14 Jul 2017;, 2017; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Other information
He has served as a volunteer firefighter in the Australian Capital Territory Rural Fire Service since 2012. "It keeps me sane, it's a great outlet because part of the problem with training and working in real estate is your mind never shuts off. The fire brigade helps to keep a bit more of a balanced life and checks my mind out to a certain degree, I can just focus on having a bit of fun with the great group of guys and girls out there." (Instagram profile, 17 Aug 2019;, 20 Jan 2018)

He has released a book titled 'Selling like a Specialist', which aims to help people sell real estate. (Facebook profile, 18 Nov 2016;, 2016; Instagram profile, 23 Nov 2016)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 Shot Put F38 15.95
5 2017 Javelin Throw F38 47.84
7 2019 Javelin Throw F38 45.87
1 2019 Shot Put F38 15.73
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2018 Shot Put F38 15.74