Following a series of standout performances in the lead-up to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Aaron Chatman’s dream of representing Australia at a second Paralympic Games was realised.

After making his Paralympic debut at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, where he won a silver medal in the men’s high jump F44/46 and a bronze medal in the men’s 4x100m T42-46, it was eight years before Aaron saw the inside of a Paralympic stadium again.

From the moment he first cleared the bar in Rio, it was obvious Aaron’s return from retirement was one of the best decisions he had ever made. Just two centimetres shy of the gold medallist, Roderick Townsend-Roberts (USA), and his own lifetime best, Aaron soared to 1.99 metres to win the bronze medal in the men’s high jump T47. Incredibly, he had spent the previous three months on the sidelines healing a dislocated ankle.

In 2017, …

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Date of birth
11 May 1987
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Right below-elbow limb deficiency
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Innisfail, QLD
Occupation
Property manager
Started competing
1996
First competed for Australia
2006
Sport career highlights

Breaking the world record in the men’s high jump F44/46 at the 2007 ACT Athletics Championships

Greatest sporting moments

Winning a silver medal in the men’s high jump F44/46 and a bronze medal in the men’s 4x100m T42-46 at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Stefan Holm, his dad

Favourite quote
Life is like high jump - when you succeed, raise the bar

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: High jump Classification: T47

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