Congratulations to the 36 athletes selected to represent Australia in Track and Field at the Tokyo 2021 Paralympics.
The team includes athletes who started their sporting careers with Little Athletics NSW.
James Turner (Forster Tuncurry) will be one to watch in Tokyo. Turner currently holds the world record in events ranging from 100m – 800m for his classification. In his second Paralympics, he will be competing in the T36 200m and 400m, looking to add to his gold medal in the 800m from the Rio Paralympics. On top of being the Paralympic champion, James is also a five-time world champion over events ranging from 100m – 800m.
Sarah Walsh (Helensburgh) has been selected for her second Paralympic Games, competing in the women’s T64 Long Jump. In 2016 Sarah set an Oceanian record of 4.82m in Rio, finishing 6th. At the 2019 World Championships, Sarah won the bronze medal with a leap and new PB of 5.20m.
Alissa Jordaan (Northern Suburbs) is making her Paralympic debut. Alissa is the first Australian female T46/47 athlete to break the one-minute barrier in the 400m. Corey Anderson (Port Hacking) is also making his Paralympic debut in the men’s F38 javelin, who in 2019 set a world record for his classification with a mammoth throw of 56.28m, winning the world championship in the process.
We can’t wait to cheer all Paralympians on as they compete on the world stage in Tokyo!