Jodi Elkington-Jones was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was 18-months-old, after her family began to notice that the right side of her body was considerably less mobile than the left. She underwent intensive physiotherapy, but recalls that the process was made easier by the support of her brother, who would often sit with her and do the exercises as well.
Jodi represented Victoria for three years in swimming, however, her cousin is Jarem Pearce, the youngest person ever to win the prestigious Stawell Gift, and following surgery on her elbow in 2008, she began competing in athletics as well.
Athletics coach, Greg Simpson, was immediately impressed with Jodi’s pain threshold and mental strength, and later that year she was selected to represent Victoria at the Pacific School Games in Canberra. In 2010 she was named on the Australian Commonwealth Games team, the only female sprinter with a disability on …Read More