Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Date of Birth
May 17, 1993
Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Fitness Instructor
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012


Her coach Iryna Dvoskina and her training squad

Career Highlights

Gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Greatest Moment

Watching the 2008 Paralympic Games – inspired by sprinters Lisa McIntosh and Evan O’Hanlon


Jodi Elkington was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18-months-old, after her family began to notice that the right side of her body was considerably less mobile than the left. She underwent intensive physiotherapy, but recalls that the process was made easier by the support of her brother, who would often sit with her and do the exercises as well.

In her final year at Wodonga South Primary School in Victoria, Jodi’s teacher encouraged to begin swimming, and went on to represent Victoria for three years. However, Jodi’s cousin is Jarem Pearce, the youngest person ever to win the prestigious Stawell Gift, and following surgery on her elbow in 2008, Jodi began competing in athletics as well.

Her coach, Greg Simpson, was immediately impressed with her pain threshold and mental strength, and later that year she was selected to represent Victoria at the Pacific School Games in Canberra. In 2010 Jodi was named on the Australian team going to Delhi to compete at the Commonwealth Games, and as the only female sprinter with a disability on the squad, she did well to place 4th in the T37 100m event. Unfortunately, Jodi’s preparation at the Games was marred by dietary issues.

In the lead-up to the 2012 Paralympic Games, Jodi relocated to Canberra to be coached by Iryna Dvoskina under an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship. At the Games she placed 4th in the 4x100m T35-38 relay and 6th in the T37 400m finals.

Following a six-month hiatus, the 2013 Albury Young Sports Achiever returned to athletics with renewed vigour, achieving automatic selection for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She cemented her place among the world’s best when she took home gold in the long jump T37/38 final.

At the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Jodi placed 5th in long jump and the 4x100m relay, and 12th in the 100m preliminaries. Guided by her coach, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nicole Boegman-Stewart, she now looks set to contest a medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

With a Certificate III and IV in Personal Training and Physical Fitness in her back pocket, the Kellyville Ridge local is currently employed as a fitness instructor at Curves, Rouse Hill. Where she can, she finds time to learn Brazilian Portuguese, and enjoys cooking, eating sushi, and watching athletics, swimming, cricket and Australian rules football. She also has experience umpiring netball games.

Motivated by her parents, her husband and CP Paralympic gold medallists Lisa McIntosh and Evan O’Hanlon, Jodi aspires to always give her best, both in sport and in life.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Long Jump Classification: F37
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 4x100m relay Classification: T37