Rising star Will Howard is on track to represent Australia at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, after bursting onto the world stage in 2017 at the World Para-athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Will, who first began competing in 2012, was introduced to Para-sport through his school. In fact, talent and hard work aside, the support of his school – particularly its gardener, who Will knows only as Spud – is one of the reasons why he has propelled to the top of the T37 world rankings so quickly.

Spud used to drive alongside Will as he ran, and later helped him to build his own track. The result? A bronze medal from the junior World Championships.

Then came the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships. There, Will placed second and third in the men’s 800m ambulant and men’s 1500m ambulant, shaving six and 23 seconds respectively off his personal bests. Even …

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Date of birth
8 January 1998
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Left hemiplegic cerebral palsy
How acquired
Mount Cotton, QLD
Athlete, auto electrician
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Placing second in the men’s 800m ambulant and third in the men’s 1500m ambulant at the 2018 Australian Athletics Championships

Greatest sporting moments

Watching the Wests Tigers win the 2005 NRL Premiership

Heroes/role models

Brad Scott, Benji Marshall

Favourite quote
It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward - Rocky Balboa


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 800m Classification: T37
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 1500m Classification: T37

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