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WILLIS-ROBERTS Jodi
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderWomen
Age52
Place of BirthBallarat, AUS
Height1.65 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T12, F12
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Neil
Residence
Bargara, QLD, AUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began competing in 1988
Club / Team
Bundaberg Athletics Club: Australia
Name of coach
Brett Robinson [national], AUS; Les Kuorikoski [personal], AUS
General Interest
Nicknames
Bones (vis.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Hobbies
Rugby league, spending time with her pets, listening to music, camping, motorcycling. (awasupplements.com.au, 24 Apr 2014)
Hero / Idol
Australian swimmer Dawn Fraser. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Nov 2011)
Injuries
In 2013 she underwent shoulder surgery and an arthroscopy on her knee. (abc.net.au, 21 Feb 2014)

While preparing for competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she tore her left hamstring at a training camp. The injury resulted in her being unable to compete at the Games. (abc.net.au, 21 Feb 2014)

She needed shoulder reconstruction surgery after competing at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (abc.net.au, 21 Feb 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Go hard or go home." (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
She was 2000 Sportperson of the Year and 2000 Sportswoman of the Year for the City of Ballarat. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)

She received an Australian Sports Medal in 2000. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 13 Jan 2010)

She received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1993 for service to sport as a gold medalist at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona. (paralympic.org.au, 13 Jan 2010)
Other sports
She has also represented Australia in goalball and powerlifting. (paralympic.org.au, 19 Nov 2011)
Impairment
She is colour blind, short-sighted and light-sensitive. (abc.net.au, 21 Feb 2014; qldathletics.org.au, 07 Mar 2015)
Other information
LAST PARALYMPICS
The 2012 Paralympic Games in London were to be her seventh and final appearance at the Games, until a hamstring injury in preparation meant she was unable to compete. Instead, she is targeting the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro as her last appearance at the event. (abc.net.au, 21 Feb 2014)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 1992 Discus Throw B2 32.30
1 1992 Shot Put B2 11.16
2 1996 Shot Put F10-11 11.46 
3 2000 Discus Throw F12 36.57
1 2000 Shot Put F12 11.83
3 2004 Shot Put F12 11.95 
4 2004 Discus Throw F13 36.67 
3 2008 Shot Put F12-13 11.21
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 1994 Shot Put F11 10.91
2 1994 Discus Throw F11 34.80
2 1994 Javelin Throw F11 24.38
3 2002 Shot Put F12 11.78
3 2002 Discus Throw F12 36.64
7 2006 Shot Put F12 10.10
5 2006 Discus Throw F12 34.16