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SHORT Russell
Sport Athletics, Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age49
Place of BirthPoowong, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Family
Sons Jim and William
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 1982.
Why this sport?
He played many sports at high school, but as he grew and his sight became impaired he could no longer compete in swimming, diving or basketball. He found he enjoyed throwing things, so took up discus and shot put.
Club / Team
Glenhuntly Athletic Club: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
1988
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Russ (vis.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Camping with this children. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Setting a world record in the F12 discus at the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Injuries
He fell off an embankment and broke his elbow two months before competing at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens. As a result of the injury he had to change his training programme, but still managed to compete at the Games. (theweeklyreview.com.au, 28 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
He was Australia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

He received an Advance Australia Award for his contributions to sport. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

In 1993 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)
Other information
CHALLENGES
He has trekked the 96-kilometre Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea, and spent eight days paddling from Australia to New Guinea across the Torres Straight. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

INSTITUTE FIRST
He was the first athlete with an impairment to be accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport [AIS] in Canberra, ACT, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 11 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 1988 Discus Throw B3 40.18
1 1988 Javelin Throw B3 54.72
3 1988 Shot Put B3 11.59
1 1992 Discus Throw B3 45.94
3 1992 Javelin Throw B3 47.70
1 1992 Shot Put B3 13.81
2 1996 Shot Put F12 14.94 
2 1996 Discus Throw F12 42.56 
1 2000 Discus Throw F12 46.55
1 2000 Shot Put F12 15.20
3 2004 Shot Put F13 15.54 
5 2004 Discus Throw F12 42.54 
6 2008 Shot Put F11-12 14.79
3 2012 Shot Put F11/12 14.73
7 2016 Shot Put F12 15.01
World Championships - Para athletics
Rank Year Event Result
1 1994 Discus Throw F12 40.52
1 1994 Shot Put F12 13.37
4 2002 Shot Put F13 14.53
2 2002 Discus Throw F12 44.85
2 2006 Shot Put F12 15.57
5 2006 Discus Throw F12 41.33
2 2011 Shot Put F12 14.22
4 2011 Discus Throw F12 40.58
4 2013 Shot Put F12 13.99
7 2015 Shot Put F12 14.24
6 2015 Discus Throw F12 40.01
5 2017 Shot Put F12 14.29
7 2017 Discus Throw F12 39.31