It would come as a surprise to most that Jed Altschwager did very little in the way of exercise before entering the world of Para-sport.

Surfing was the extent of his fitness regime, but after losing his lower leg in a workplace accident when an excavator crushed his left foot, sport became an important part of Jed’s journey back to full physical and mental health. Enter CrossFit.

Then in 2016, Jed was approached by Paralympics Australia’s Talent Identification Manager and three-time Paralympian Tim Matthews, who had seen a video of him using a rowing machine and recognised his potential in Para-sport. Enter Para-rowing.

Jed made his international debut at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he won a silver medal with fellow Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games hopeful James Talbot, and returned to international waters with Will Smith (the other Will Smith) for the 2019 FISA International Para-rowing …

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Date of birth
11 September 1986
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Left below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Workplace accident
Largs Bay, SA
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a silver medal in the men’s pair PR3 at the 2018 World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Greatest sporting moments

Achieving selection to the Australian team for the 2018 World Championships

Heroes/role models

His parents, James McRae

Favourite quote


  • Sport: Para-rowing Discipline: Mixed coxed four Classification: PR3

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