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AUSTEN Ross John
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Great Britain   
GenderMen
Age38
Place of BirthAshford, ENG
Height1.72 m
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Sadie, one child
Residence
North Tawton, ENG
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science - Mid Kent College: Maidstone, ENG
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 33 in January 2015.
Why this sport?
He got into Para sport through a rehabilitation programme called Battle Back. He started training in 2012, initially taking part in triathlons as a hobby and then for the Paralympics GB development team. In 2015 he was invited by Help for Heroes to try out powerlifting.
Club / Team
Help for Heroes Weightlifting Club: Tidworth, ENG
Name of coach
Jon Paul Nevin, GBR, from 2015
Senior International Debut
Year
2017
Competing for
Great Britain
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Mexico City, MEX
General Interest
Hobbies
Going to the gym, spending time with his family. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Being selected to represent Great Britain. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Jon Paul Nevin. (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Hero / Idol
British Para powerlifter Ali Jawad.(Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Train hard, fight easy." (Athlete, 20 May 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in triathlons and was part of the development squad for Paralympics GB. (vimeo.com, 01 Sep 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 20 May 2019; itv.com, 09 May 2016)
Impairment
In November 2008 he was caught in an explosion while serving with the British Royal Engineers in Afghanistan. He had more than 20 operations on his left leg before it was amputated above the knee in 2010. He also sustained nerve damage to his right leg in the incident. (Athlete, 20 May 2019; forces.net, 10 May 2016; telegraph.co.uk, 11 Mar 2010)
Other information
MILLION DOLLAR MAN
He has raised significant amounts of money for charity since his accident. "In 2009, halfway through my rehabilitation after being injured, I completed the US Marine Corp Marathon in Washington DC, United States of America, on crutches and raised one million dollars for military charities." (Athlete, 20 May 2019)

Competition Highlights (historical)
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
17 2017 80kg 150.0
14 2019 80kg 166.0