Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
May 22, 1996
Diamond Beach, NSW
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2012 AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Cup


While his international debut in athletics was only this year, middle distance runner James Turner first represented Australia in 2012 in Para-football 7-a-side at the AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament.

A talented midfielder, who competed first competed in National competitions for NSW in 2009, and continued to play with the team through to 2012; James has also represented Australia as a member of the Australian 7-a-side football team, the Pararoos.

In 2015, James took his experience from the football field to the athletics track where he has been coached by Marie Kay and this year by Brett Robinson at his local athletics club.

It was just a year later at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships that James clocked his maiden qualifier for the Paralympic Games in the T36 800m with a time of 2:08.90.

In the same year at the IPC Grad Prix event, James beat his own qualifying time and the current Paralympics qualifier by 10 seconds and clocked the third fastest class time in the world with a time of 2.08.8.

The Wollongong local’s ultimate goal is to achieve his maximum potential, and his Rio selection has him on track for a successful 2016.

When he isn’t training, James is s studying a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong, which he began in 2015.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 800m Classification: T36