Following several impressive performances in the lead-up to Rio 2016, Aaron Chatman’s dream of representing Australia at a second Paralympic Games was realised. The Queensland native went one better when he leapt 1.99m to claim bronze. Aaron, who was born without a fully formed right arm, gained the world record height for high jump when he jumped 2.05m at the 2007 ACT Championships. This was the second time he had held the world record, beating his previous mark of 2.01m, which he achieved the year before at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Assen, Holland. Aaron describes breaking and re-breaking the world record as two highlights of his career, only matched by his performance in Beijing. Aaron came down with the chicken pox just days before the 2008 Games were due to begin and was held in isolation in Hong Kong while doctors determined whether he was fit to compete.… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right below-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Date of Birth
May 11, 1987
Flying Fish Point, QLD
Property manager
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, Rio 2016


His parents and Iryna Dvoskina

Career Highlights

Setting new world records in high jump in 2006 and 2007

Greatest Moment

Winning silver in high jump and bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: High Jump Classification: T47