Todd Hodgetts is the gentle giant of the Australian Paralympic athletics squad – that is, until he moves into the shot put circle. When he does, he well and truly lives up to his nickname ‘The Hulk’.
‘The Hulk’ first began competing in Para-athletics 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.
But when athletes with an intellectual impairment were excluded from competition after 2000, Todd turned his attention to weightlifting. Inspired by Olympic gold medallist Dean Lukin, Todd set new Australian junior dead lift and Tasmanian super heavyweight records.
But cometh the hour, cometh the man. The London 2012 Paralympic Games saw the reinclusion of three sports for athletes with an intellectual impairment, and Todd knew that it was his chance to show the …Read More