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JACKSON Martin
Sport Para athletics, Para ice hockey
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthGeelong, AUS
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Ataxia
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F38
Further Personal Information
Family
Wife Jenna Gallagher, daughters Kadance, Te-Aroha and Marlie
Residence
Ocean Grove, VIC, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics at age 36, in 2014, in Geelong, VIC, Australia.
Why this sport?
After injuring his leg while playing American football, he wanted to remain active in sports. He decided to get in contact with Australian Paralympic team's high performance manager Tim Matthews, who encouraged him to look into throwing events. "After I was injured, I looked for a sport that I could focus on rather than focusing on the injury. Para sport was to be the driving force for me to move on and start a new chapter in my life."
Club / Team
Athletics Chilwell: Geelong, VIC, AUS
Name of coach
John Eden [personal], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
Location
Suva, FIJ
General Interest
Nicknames
Marty, Nastee ["I was known for the hard nosed style of play I used on the gridiron field. Playing defence is all about attitude and character. My favourite prey was quarterbacks"]. (Facebook profile, 19 Aug 2019; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Building hot rod vehicles, barbecuing and smoking meat, travel. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the F38 shot put at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach John Eden. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para thrower Russell Short, Danish Para thrower Jackie Christiansen. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In 2013 he broke his left arm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

In 2009 he broke his right wrist. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

Before starting his career in Para athletics, he required four arthroscopic interventions on his right knee, a left knee reconstruction, and also broke the little finger on his right hand. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He bounces the shot put between hands to feel the tension in the fingers before throwing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train like a third string. Play like a king." (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other sports
He has represented Australia in both Para athletics and Para ice hockey. Prior to his accident he played American football for the Geelong Buccaneers in Victoria, Australia. (SportsDeskOnline, 29 Jan 2019; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 08 Jun 2017)
Ambitions
To compete in athletics at the Paralympic Games, and to represent Australia in ice hockey at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; freelocalnews.com.au, 26 Apr 2018)
Impairment
He has no feeling below his left knee after he was injured by a tackle while playing American football in 2013. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017; geelongadvertiser.com.au, 05 Dec 2016)
Other information
PARA ICE HOCKEY
He took up Para ice hockey in 2017 and became a member of the Australia Para ice hockey team that debuted at the 2018 World Championships in Finland. "I came from American football and just missed team sports, so it's just fantastic to be in that team environment again. [I] thought I would go and give it a crack as I love full contact team sports. [I] fell in love with the game straight away." (World Para Ice Hockey Facebook page, 08 Nov 2018; Australian Para Ice Hockey Association Facebook page, 20 Oct 2018; paralympic.org.au, 25 Sep 2018)

OCCUPATION
He works as a tree surgeon, and has a diploma in arboriculture from ArborTrim Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; Australian Para Ice Hockey Association Facebook page, 20 Oct 2018; athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
4 2017 Shot Put F38 13.31
3 2019 Shot Put F38 15.14