One of the most successful Australian Paralympian athletes of all time, Russell Short stands ready to enter a remarkable eighth Games at Rio 2016.
The extremely talented discus, shot put and javelin thrower has won no less than six gold, two silver and three bronze medals from participating in the last seven Games. This is in addition to four gold and three silver medals from World Championships.
With a bronze medal under his belt from the London 2012 Games, Russell Short isn’t slowing down. At his sixth Games in Beijing, Russell was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag during the Opening Ceremony. The Games saw him finish sixth in both the discus and shot put.
The vision impaired athlete displays his iron will both on and off the track. Not only has Russell walked the Kokoda Track (and starred in a documentary along the way), but he also spent eight days paddling 400 kilometres from Australia to New Guinea across the treacherous Torres Strait.
Originally from Poowong in country Victoria, Russell loves to get back home to his five acre property whenever possible. He often takes his kids and dog out camping in Poowong, where he can indulge in quality relaxation time.
Russell has been awarded an OAM and an Advance Australia Award for his contributions to sport. He was also the first athlete with a disability to be accepted into the Australian Institute of Sport in 1988.