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

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Para-athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
May 17, 1993
Home
Kellyville Ridge, NSW
Occupation
Fitness instructor
Started Competing
2008
First Competed for Australia
2010
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning gold in long jump at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Greatest Moment

Watching the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: Long Jump Classification: T37
  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: 4x100m relay Classification: T37