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MACDONALD Hamish
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age45
Place of BirthMelbourne, AUS
Height1.74 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F34
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Higher education
Education - University of Southern Queensland: Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He first competed in 1992.
Senior International Debut
Year
1992
Competing for
Australia
Location
Spain
General Interest
Nicknames
H, The Hamster, H-Bat (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement
Retaining the world title for the shot put at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. (ausport.gov.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career
His family. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours
He was named 2003 Male Disability Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)

In 1999 he was co-winner of the Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Memorial award. (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)

In 1997 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to sport as a gold medallist at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 05 Jan 2010)

He was named 1996 Northern Territory Sportsman of the Year. (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from sport in February 2013. (insidethegames.biz, 02 Feb 2013)

COMMUNITY WORK
Outside of competing he works hard to educate people about impaired sports and has travelled to several islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific to implement sports programmes for athletes with an impairment. He has also been a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete Commission and has been involved with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees since 1998, travelling to refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border. He represented the World Anti-Doping Authority at the 2003 South Pacific Games as an athlete ambassador to help raise awareness of drugs in sport. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 1996 Shot Put F32-33 10.45 
7 2000 100m T35 17.04
4 2000 Discus Throw F34 29.71
2 2004 Shot Put F33-34 11.16 
6 2004 Discus Throw F33-34 29.23 
6 2008 Shot Put F33/34/52 10.82
11 2012 Shot Put F34 10.34
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
7 1998 100m T35 16.05
7 1998 200m T35 34.53
3 1998 Shot Put F34 9.06
1 2002 Shot Put F34 10.69
8 2002 Discus Throw F33-34 26.98
1 2006 Shot Put F34 10.52
6 2006 Discus Throw F33-34 30.75
6 2011 Shot Put F34 10.18
Commonwealth Games
Rank Year Event Result
3 2010 Shot Put F32/34/52 9.92