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 …

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Date of birth
25 January 1986
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Incomplete paraplegia
How acquired
Mulgoa, NSW
Sales assistant
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

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

Heroes/role models

His wife


  • Sport: Para-archery Discipline: Compound Classification: W2

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