Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Right arm below elbow limb deficiency
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
May 11, 1987
Home
Flying Fish Point, QLD
Occupation
Property manager
Started Competing
1996
First Competed for Australia
2006
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, Rio 2016

Heroes

His parents and his former coach, Iryna Dvoskina

Career Highlights

Setting new world records in high jump in 2006 and 2007

Greatest Moment

Winning silver in high jump and bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Bio

Following several impressive performances in the lead-up to Rio 2016, Aaron Chatman’s dream of representing Australia at a second Paralympic Games was realised. The Queensland native went one better when he leapt 1.99m to claim bronze.

Aaron, who was born without a fully formed right arm, gained the world record height for high jump when he jumped 2.05m at the 2007 ACT Championships. This was the second time he had held the world record, beating his previous mark of 2.01m, which he achieved the year before at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Assen, Holland. Aaron describes breaking and re-breaking the world record as two highlights of his career, only matched by his performance in Beijing.

Aaron came down with the chicken pox just days before the 2008 Games were due to begin and was held in isolation in Hong Kong while doctors determined whether he was fit to compete. Luckily, Aaron recovered in time and went on to win silver in high jump and bronze in the 4x100m relay. He lists these as two of his proudest moments, especially considering the state of his health the week before.

The former Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder’s competition philosophy is to approach every athletics meet with the same can-do attitude – to get in there and get it done.

Off the track, Aaron is employed as a property manager, and in his spare time he enjoys fishing, boating, slacklining and hiking.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: High Jump Classification: T47