James Turner first represented Australia in Para-football 7-a-side at the 2012 AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament in Abu Dhabi, but turned his attention to athletics when the Pararoos did not qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games.

The following year James clocked his maiden qualifier for the Games with a time of 2:08.90 in the 800m at the 2016 Australian Athletics Championships, and when he hit the track in Rio, he stunned locals with his brave, world record-breaking performance, crossing for gold with a time of 2:02.40.

The Wollongong local is unsure about what he would do if faced with the prospect of choosing between football and athletics for Tokyo 2020.

When he isn’t training, James is studying a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wollongong.…

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Date of birth
22 May 1996
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

How acquired
Diamond Beach, NSW
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2012 AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Cup in Abu Dhabi, UAE


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T36

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