Jodi Willis-Roberts

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Quick Facts

Disability
Vision impaired
How acquired
Birth
Date of Birth
Mon, 24/04/1967
Home
Wendouree, Victoria
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
1988
First Competed for Australia
1988
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Heroes
Dawn Fraser
Career Highlights
Shot put gold medal at Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
Greatest Moment
Melbourne Storm winning the 2009 NRL grand final over the Parramatta Eels

Bio

Outgoing and gregarious, Jodi Willis-Roberts is a bit of a character both at play and on the field. The multi-medal winner, who has had a vision impairment since birth, has represented Australia in three sports and at six Paralympic Games and is now hoping she can make London number seven.

Jodi made her Paralympic debut in goalball at the 1988 Paralympics where Australia finished seventh. Following the Seoul Games, Jodi added athletics to her repertoire and was a member of the Australian Paralympic athletics team at every Paralympic Games from 1992 to 2008.

In 1992, she won gold in the shot put and silver in the discus, as well as again finishing seventh with the Australian women’s goalball team. In Atlanta, Jodi won silver in the shot put, then went on to win gold in the shot put and bronze in the discus at the Sydney Paralympic Games. Winning gold in front of a home crowd is still the highlight of Jodi’s sporting career.

Jodi’s athletics career continued to a shot put bronze medal at the Athens Paralympics followed up by another shot put bronze in Beijing.

In 1995 Jodi tested out a third sport – powerlifting – and competed at the 1995 World Championships.
 Her luck on the medal podium soon changed when she made the switch to athletics.

Based in Ballarat, Jodi is known as one of the best motivational Paralympian speakers on the circuit and when she’s not training, loves nothing more than being on the back of her husband’s motorbike and taking off on camping weekends with her two dogs. She is also a proud member of the Melbourne Storm.

Jodi has now returned to goalball and competed with the team at the 2011 IBSA Goalball World Cup, where Australia finished sixth.




Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Goalball
Classification: B3