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Date of Birth
First Competed for Australia
First gold medal in 2005 at the Pacific School Games in shot put, five gold medals at the 2006 National Championships
Five gold medals at his first National Championships, 1999 AFL Grand Final when North Melbourne won against Carlton
Having recently made a stellar debut in national colours, Sean Roberts can’t wait to experience more action on the international stage.
Sean’s first opportunity to represent his country came at the 2011 Arafura Games and he didn’t disappoint, bagging a gold medal in the long jump and bronze in the javelin. The successful meet has given Sean the confidence to raise the bar higher and shoot for Paralympic Games honours.
Sean developed cerebral palsy after he was put on oxygen straight after birth. He became interested in athletics when he saw his sister and brother participating in the sport. He would go along in the pram and watch, before one day joining in, starting a chain of events that has now seen Sean represent Australia in athletics.
The South Australian first made waves by winning gold in the shot put at the 2005 Pacific School Games, before routing the field at the 2006 National Championships, taking home five gold medals. He has since gone on to achieve widespread success in senior events, highlighted by his performances at the Arafura Games and silver medal winning effort at the 2010 National Championships.
Aside from athletics, Sean takes pleasure in being outdoors, spending his spare time fishing at his preferred spot in Coffin Bay. He is especially keen on watching and playing AFL, and loves to watch his favourite team North Melbourne play. Like many Australians, Sean gets a good laugh out of watching classic home grown film, The Castle. He is currently completing a degree in Public Relations which he is on track to finish in 2013.
He has three nicknames of prominence – Robbo, Bogan and Flipper. He was given one of his adopted names after his Aussie Rules coach made a joke, to which Sean responded with a laugh that apparently sounded like a Flipper. Before competing, Sean likes to chill out and listen to music, believing it is best to relax and enjoy the competition experience.
Sport & Disciplines
Disciplines: Long jump