Quick Facts

Disability
Intellectual Impairment
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
March 23, 1988
Home
Launceston, TAS
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
1998
First Competed for Australia
2005
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Dean Lukin

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

The re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability at the Paralympic Games

Bio

Todd Hodgetts, the strong man of the Australian Paralympic athletics squad, had to wait 12 long years for the Paralympic Games to be reopened to athletes with an intellectual disability.

He first began competing in field events in 1998 when his brother brought home a shot put from school, and after watching the Paralympic Games in Sydney two years later, he was motivated to represent Australia at the highest level.

After learning that his pathway to the Games had closed, Todd turned his attention to weightlifting. Inspired by Australian Olympic gold medallist Dean Lukin, he set new Australian junior dead lift and Tasmanian super heavyweight records.

When athletes with an intellectual disability were re-included in three sports for the London Games, Todd retired from weightlifting and relocated to Canberra to commit to full-time training in shot put.

Todd proved that the move was worthwhile when he set a new world record and won gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and bronze the following year at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France despite an elbow injury.

‘The Hulk’ had hoped to defend his Paralympic title at Rio 2016, saying, “I’m going to defend my title because I’m a champion. To be a legend you have to defend it twice and I’ll do anything to keep going.”

Unfortunately, putting a distance of 15.82m, he was just over a metre short, taking home bronze instead.

In his spare time Todd studies a Certificate IV in Fitness and relaxes with friends.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: Shot put Classification: F20