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TURNER James
Sport Para athletics
NPC Australia   
GenderMen
Age22
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T36
Further Personal Information
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English
Higher education
Mechanical Engineering - University of Wollongong: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up Para athletics in 2015.
Why this sport?
He switched to Para athletics after the Australian national Para football seven-a-side team failed to qualify for the 2016 Paralympic Games.
Club / Team
Athletics Wollongong: Australia
Name of coach
Iryna Dvoskina [national], AUS
Senior International Debut
Year
2016
Competing for
Australia
General Interest
Nicknames
Jimmy (Twitter profile, 31 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Making his debut for Australia in Para football seven-a-side at the 2012 Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Most influential person in career
His twin sister Hayley. (paralympic.org, 03 May 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I'd like to be able to push my limits of what my classification can do, to see how far I can take it." (paralympic.org, 03 May 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2017 he was named Sports Person of the Year by the University of Wollongong in Australia. (illawarramercury.com.au, 27 Oct 2017)

In January 2017 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia [OAM] in recognition of the gold medal he won at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 28 Jan 2017)

He was named the 2016 Paralympic Rookie of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC]. (paralympic.org, 09 Dec 2016)
Other sports
He has played Para football seven-a-side for Australia, and was named the 2013 Para Football Player of the Year by Football Federation Australia [FFA]. (paralympic.org.au, 2016; nswpl.com.au, 2013)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (manningrivertimes.com.au, 19 Jan 2017)
Other information
RIO COMEDOWN
He sought help from a sports psychologist following the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where he had won gold and broken the world record in the T36 800m. He believes his issues stemmed from childhood, when he was never able to beat the other children at school, and as a result he had promised himself that one day he would be the best at something. "I won [in Rio de Janeiro], I broke the world record and everything was the same. I wasn't profoundly changed, I was still the same guy. I came to realise that nothing that I did would fix all my problems and that was a hard realisation for me." (paralympic.org, 03 May 2018)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2016 800m T36 2:02.39
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
1 2017 200m T36 24.09
1 2017 400m T36 54.27
1 2017 800m T36 2:08.78