Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
Date of Birth
January 25, 1986
Mulgoa, NSW
Sales assistant
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Rio 2016


His wife

Career Highlights

Being selected to compete at the 2015 World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany


When Jonathon Milne won bronze on day seven of competition in the men’s individual compound at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he became the first Australian to medal in archery at the Paralympic Games in 32 years.

The Mulgoa local became a paraplegic while holidaying with his family in December 2012, when he dove under a wave and clipped his head on the sandbank. He was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and spent nearly six months recovering and in rehabilitation. During this time he relearned how to drive a car and how to walk short distances without crutches.

Before his accident Jonathon had always enjoyed an active lifestyle; he played tennis and indoor soccer and was an avid surfer. He also did archery for a year when he was 14 before returning to it in early 2013, enjoying the unique challenge of trying to master it in a wheelchair.

Initially Jonathon had to be strapped into the chair, but following a stand-out performance at the 2014 National Indoor Archery Championships, where he placed 3rd in the state in the men’s compound division, Jonathon has gone on to become the highest ranked disabled archer in Australia.

He again made his mark at the 2015 National Championships in Morwell, Victoria. Competing against able-bodied athletes including future Olympians, Jonathon placed 8th in target and 12th in short distance archery.

Jonathon debuted for Australia at the 2015 World Archery Para Championships in Donaueschingen, Germany. The Australian team self-funded their trip in the hope that it would help to garner interest in the sport back home. Jonathon earned the praise of commentators for his consistency, and he went on to contest Paralympic gold medallist John Stubbs for the bronze. His fourth place finish helped to cement his place in the 2016 Paralympic team, and Jonathon cites this as the highlight of his still early career.

He trains most days, guided by his coach of two years, Ricci Cheah, and with aspirations to become the world’s best compound archer, Jonathon uses his spare time to learn how to adapt his shooting technique to the weather. He credits his wife’s love, commitment and support for his success.

Jonathon completed a Certificate III in carpentry at TAFE in 2012 and is now employed full-time as a sales assistant at Abbey Archery in Castle Hill, Sydney.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Archery Disciplines: Compound Classification: W2