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RAISON Paul
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthTownsville, AUS
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F44, T44
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2006.
Why this sport?
He was spotted by a talent search programme organised by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC].
Name of coach
John Eden [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the South Australian Sports Institute [SASI] in Kidman Park, SA, Australia.
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Hobbies
Hunting, riding his motorcycle, and gathering mud crabs, periwinkles, abalone and fish. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the shot put at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)
Most influential person in career
His family, friends and coaches. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian-Russian boxer Kostya Tszyu. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the John Gaviglio Most Outstanding Throws Athlete for 2007 by Athletics North Queensland [ANQ]. He also won Sporting Wheelies' Queensland Amateur Athlete of the Year 2006 and North Queensland Athlete of the Year 2007. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)
Impairment
He had his leg amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2004. (paralympic.org.au, 07 Jan 2010)
Other information
CAREER
Prior to his accident he worked as a night club security officer and had formerly been a soldier, operating artillery in the Australian Army. He is also a trained rescue diver and has an advanced diploma in Social Sciences and Community Welfare. (paralympiceducation.org.au, 07 Jan 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
2 2008 Shot Put F44 15.83
3 2008 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 45.80
5 2008 Discus Throw F44 49.77
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
4 2006 4 x 100m Relay T42-46 48.18
7 2006 Shot Put F44 13.95
7 2006 Discus Throw F44 38.48
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2014 Discus Throw F42/44 44.44