Just four years after first representing his country, Jayden Sawyer became one of the world’s greatest ever javelin athletes.

He did this with a monster 52.96m throw at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships, setting a new world record in the men’s javelin F38 to win his first world crown.

It was an incredible – albeit unexpected – result for the Canberra local, whose only other major international medal had come on debut at the 2013 World Championships – bronze in the men’s javelin F37/38.

Jayden, who is coached by Mike Barber and trains alongside Olympian and world champion Kelsey-Lee Barber, is now focussed on building his strength and fine tuning his technique ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, as he looks to not only improve on his fifth place from the 2016 Paralympics, but return to the top of the international podium.

But with the rise of Australian teammate …

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Date of birth
26 September 1993
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

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

Winning a gold medal and setting a world record in the men’s javelin F38 at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships

Favourite quote
You only get out what you put in


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

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