Russell Short is one of the most successful Australian Para-athletes of all time, having just returned from his eighth Paralympic Games.

Debuting in Seoul in 1988, the talented field athlete has won six gold, two silver and three bronze medals spread across discus, shot put and javelin – this in addition to four gold and three silver medals at World Championship level.

Russell, who has macular degeneration, was given the honour of carrying the Australian flag during the Opening Ceremony of the 2008 Games in Beijing. Placing sixth in shot put, these Games were the first that he missed the dais in 20 years, before returning four years later in London with bronze.

Off the track, Russell is equally determined to make waves. He once walked the Kokoda Trail as the subject of a documentary, and paddled 400km from Australia to New Guinea across the Torres Strait.

Originally hailing from …

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Date of birth
7 May 1969
Past Paralympic Games

Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Macular degeneration
How acquired
Glen Huntly, VIC
Massage therapist
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Greatest sporting moments

Breaking the world record in discus at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Stewart Andrews, as well as anyone who does something to their full ability


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Shot put Classification: F12

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