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Date of Birth
Mount Mellum, QLD
Personal trainer, strength and conditioning at Brisbane Lions Junior Academy
First Competed for Australia
Breaking the world record in hammer throw in Buenos Aires then breaking it again at 2009 Global Games
Steve Hooker's gold medal in Beijing 2008
With events for athletes with an intellectual disability re-included for the London 2012 athletics program, Lindsay Sutton is set to achieve his goal of competing at the Paralympic Games.
Born with intellectual disability and epilepsy, Lindsay flexed his muscles at the 2009 Global Games in the Czech Republic, taking out gold in the hammer throw and breaking the world record in the process. He went on to win bronze in the discus and place fourth in the shot put, announcing himself as one of Australia’s top field athletes.
Regarded as a fiercely driven athlete at his training base at the Queensland Academy of Sport, he is fixed on performing to the maximum of his potential. His coach, Ian Fenwick, believes Lindsay is one of the most dedicated athletes he has ever worked with.
Lindsay has recently recovered from a growth plate in his shoulder that did not fuse in 2011. As part of a complicated procedure, bone was taken from his hip and inserted into his shoulder with pins to fuse the bones together.
The Sunshine Coast local was ruled out of major competitions such as the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch and National Championships in Melbourne.
Since his recovery, however, he appears right on course for London 2012 with another stellar display at the 2011 Global Games in Italy, winning gold medals in the hammer throw and discus. Lindsay again smashed his hammer throw world record with an enormous throw of 47.44m.
Always entering competition in tip top shape, Lindsay is currently completing level one and two in strength and conditioning, and works at the Brisbane Lions Junior Academy. While fitness training is an integral part of Lindsay’s quest for Paralympic success, he sees going to the gym simply as a hobby. Unsurprisingly, he also likes to eat and go to the movies, particularly enjoying American comedies Superbad and The Hangover.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: Shot put