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.

Ten months later, James proved he was more than a one-trick pony, pushing his body to the limit to win three world titles from three events at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England, before relocating to the ACT in 2018 to train under esteemed Para-athletics coach Iryna Dvoskina and alongside three of the world’s most …

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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 sport 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: 800m Classification: T36

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