More than three years have passed since James Turner first burst onto the international Para-athletics scene, and the rest of the world is still playing catch-up.

He made his Paralympic debut in the men’s 800m T36 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and from the moment the gun sounded, the race was all but won. Crossing the line in 2:02.39, more than seven seconds ahead of his nearest rival, James obliterated the world record. It was the race of a lifetime, and rightfully earned him the title of Paralympics Australia’s 2016 Rookie of the Year.

Incredibly, James was a bit of an unknown quantity in Para-athletics prior to winning gold. He was an Australian representative in football 7-a-side and only made the switch to the track when the Pararoos missed qualification for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

Ten months post Rio, James proved he was more than a one-trick pony, pushing …

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Date of birth
22 May 1996
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Bruce, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

His entire sporting career

Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

His pop, Kurt Fearnley

Favourite quote
He doesn't have one - he doesn't want to live his life by someone else's words


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 100m Classification: T36
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 400m Classification: T36

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