Jayden Sawyer has displayed determination and passion for Paralympic throwing since beginning his career as a 13-year-old in 2006.

The cerebral palsy athlete competed against his able-bodied classmates until discovering Para-sport at an ACT Schools Carnival, where he decided to compete the following year. After dominating the field, Jayden went from strength to strength, culminating in his debut for Australia at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. Exceeding all expectations, Jayden won bronze in javelin and placed sixth in shot put.

Jayden credits these impressive results to seven-time Paralympian and long-time coach, Hamish MacDonald, whose career, he says, has been a source of inspiration.

At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, he placed fifth in javelin, throwing a distance of 45.63. Disappointed with this result, which was below his personal best, Jayden looks ahead to Tokyo.

Outside of training, Jayden enjoys spending time with his friends and …

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Date of birth
26 September 1993
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

How acquired
Canberra, ACT
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze in javelin at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Javelin Classification: F38

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