Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
September 26, 1993
Home
Canberra, ACT
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2006
First Competed for Australia
2013
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning bronze in javelin at the 2013 IPC World Championships in Lyon

Bio

Jayden Sawyer has displayed determination and passion for Paralympic throwing since beginning his career as a 13-year-old in 2006.

The cerebral palsy athlete competed against his able-bodied classmates until discovering Para-sport at an ACT Schools Carnival, where he decided to compete the following year. After dominating the field, Jayden went from strength to strength, culminating in his debut for Australia at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon. Exceeding all expectations, Jayden won bronze in javelin and placed 6th in shot put.

Jayden credits these impressive results to seven-time Paralympian and long-time coach, Hamish MacDonald, whose career, he says, has been a source of inspiration.

At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, he placed 5th in javelin, throwing a distance of 45.63. Disappointed with this result, which  was below his personal best, Jayden looks ahead to Tokyo.

Outside of training, Jayden enjoys spending time with his friends and watching comedies. His favourite quote is, ‘you only get out what you put in’, and applies this directly to his athletics career and personal life.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Javelin Classification: F38