Todd Hodgetts, the strong man of the Australian Paralympic athletics squad, had to wait 12 long years for the Paralympic Games to be reopened to athletes with an intellectual disability.

He first began competing in field events in 1998 when his brother brought home a shot put from school, and after watching the Paralympic Games in Sydney two years later, he was motivated to represent Australia at the highest level.

After learning that his pathway to the Games had closed, Todd turned his attention to weightlifting. Inspired by Australian Olympic gold medallist Dean Lukin, he set new Australian junior dead lift and Tasmanian super heavyweight records.

When athletes with an intellectual disability were re-included in three sports for the London Games, Todd retired from weightlifting and relocated to Canberra to commit to full-time training in shot put.

Todd proved that the move was worthwhile when he set a new world …

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Date of birth
23 March 1988
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Intellectual Impairment
How acquired
Launceston, TAS
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

The re-inclusion of athletes with an intellectual disability at the Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Dean Lukin


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Shot put Classification: F20

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