Para-archery was a natural fit for Jonathon Milne, who had always enjoyed an active lifestyle, but he never could have imagined he would be the one to win Australia’s first Paralympic medal in Para-archery in 32 years.

In 2012, Jonathon dove under a wave at Avoca Beach in New South Wales, clipping his forehead on a sandbar. He was paralysed immediately. The then 26-year-old was flown to the Royal North Shore Hospital and spent five months in hospital and rehabilitation.

Jonathon started archery as a hobby when he was going through physiotherapy and loved the challenge of how long it takes to master.

He made his Australian debut at the 2015 World Archery Para Championships in Germany, where he just fell short of a podium finish.

Jonathon went on to represent his country at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, overcoming Ai Xinliang from China by three points to win bronze …

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Date of birth
25 January 1986
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Tetraplegia
How acquired
Diving accident
Blaxland, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the men’s individual compound Open at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Shooting a 10 on his last arrow to win bronze in Rio

Favourite quote
It's not over until it's over


  • Sport: Para-archery Discipline: Individual compound Classification: W2

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