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Aaron Chatman

Athletics
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Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Occupation
Manager
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age six in Mena Creek, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was inspired to take up Para athletics after meeting members of the Australian national team in 2004 while they were at a training camp in Townsville, QLD, Australia.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Assen, NED

General interest

Nicknames
Azza, Bandit (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Fishing, boating, sport. (Instagram profile, 15 Feb 2021; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in the men's F44/46 high jump and bronze in the men's T42-46 4x100m at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Swedish high jumper Stefan Holm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Injuries
He underwent ankle surgery in December 2018. He returned to training five months later. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)

He dislocated his ankle three months before the 2016 Paralympic Games. He recovered in time to compete at the Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)

He contracted chicken pox in the week prior to the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing and almost had to miss the Games due to quarantine procedures. (paralympic.org.au, 12 Sep 2008)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Life is like the high jump - when you succeed, raise the bar." (paralympic.org.au, 07 May 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2017 he was named Para Athlete of the Year by Athletics North Queensland in Australia. (athleticsnorthqld.org.au, 14 Nov 2017)
Impairment
He was born without his right forearm. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019; paralympic.org.au, 17 Dec 2009)
Other information
RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive Para athletics in November 2020. "Competing in athletics has brought me so much over the years. I've learnt so many things about myself as a person and what I'm capable of, and also not to take things for granted as life can change in an instant. With less than a year to go until Tokyo [2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo], I have decided to step down mainly due to an ongoing ankle injury that has not recovered 100%. I feel that I would no longer be able to reach the performance level I have been at for previous Games and international competition." (paralympic.org.au, 17 Nov 2020)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 3
Men's High Jump F44/46 Final Round 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T47 Final Round 2016-09-16 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's High Jump T47 Final 1 2017-07-16 2