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Cameron Crombie

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F38

Further personal information

Family
Partner Carly Wilson, daughter Lola Jane [2020]
Residence
Canberra, ACT, AUS
Occupation
Athlete, Manager, Volunteer
Languages
English
Higher education
Economics - University of Newcastle: Australia

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in Para athletics at age 29 in Canberra, ACT, Australia.
Why this sport?
He took up Para sport after playing able-bodied basketball at a young age. "When I was growing up if I could be outside playing sport then I would be, that was just normal, and any difficulty I had didn't seem any greater than the next person." He initially focused on Para rowing, but switched to Para athletics after he was unable to compete at the Para rowing world championships in 2015 due to problems with his impairment classification.
Name of coach
Hamish MacDonald, AUS

International debut

Year
2017
Competing for
Australia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
London, ENG

General interest

Nicknames
Cam, Crabs (Twitter profile, 02 Aug 2018; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Hobbies
Playing sports, playing the guitar, working on motorbikes and cars. (athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017; Facebook profile, 29 Jun 2017; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Breaking the men's F38 shot put world record to win the gold medal at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (paralympic.org.au, 30 Sep 2019; Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hamish MacDonald. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para shot putter Marty Jackson. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Injuries
In November 2019 he had surgery to remove bone spurs from his right elbow having struggled with the issue since 2017. (canberratimes.com.au, 07 Dec 2019; smh.com.au, 12 Nov 2019)

In 2018 he suffered a stress fracture in his lower back. He was unable to compete for five months. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019; canberratimes.com.au, 13 Sep 2018)

In 2015 he tore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and was out of action for two months. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for." [US author Zig Ziglar] (paralympic.org.au, 30 Sep 2019)
Other sports
He has competed in Para rowing at national level in Australia. He has also played able-bodied basketball at state level for the Newcastle Hunters club in New South Wales, Australia. (athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017; smh.com.au, 13 Jul 2017
Famous relatives
His great-grandfather Gavin Russell played football for Australia in the 1930s. His partner Carly Wilson has played basketball internationally and won gold with Australia at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. His aunt Miriam Manzano was a national champion in figure skating and represented Australia at the world championships. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Nov 2019; athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017; smh.com.au, 16 Apr 2018)
Ambitions
To win a medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019)
Impairment
He has left-sided hemiplegia due to a stroke during premature birth. He was unaware of the condition until age 22. "My parents did the best by me, bringing me up as close to a normal child as they could, and gave me plenty of great opportunities in life. But it definitely explained a lot of things, like being fatigued and coordination stuff that people with cerebral palsy suffer with. It wasn't really a negative experience finding out, I just took it on board and thought, 'Let's see what I can do'." (Athlete, 18 Nov 2019; smh.com.au, 14 Jul 2017; athletics.com.au, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
JAVELIN FOR TOKYO
He has competed in both javelin and shot put, and won gold in the men's F38 shot put at the world championships in both 2017 and 2019. However, men's F38 shot put is not part of the programme at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, so he had to turn his focus to javelin for the Games. "Shot put isn't an event for us in Tokyo. I'll reassess after Tokyo, but for the Games I've got to go back to javelin and that means putting a lot more stress on the body." (athletics.com.au, 06 Feb 2020; canberratimes.com.au, 07 Dec 2019; smh.com.au, 12 Nov 2019)

OCCUPATION
In February 2021 he began working as a project manager at a commercial tiling company in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Previously he worked as a real estate agent for seven years. He has also served as a volunteer firefighter in the Australian Capital Territory Rural Fire Service since 2012. "It kept me sane, it was a great outlet because part of the problem with training and working in real estate was your mind never shuts off. The fire brigade helps [me] to keep a bit more of a balanced life and checks my mind out to a certain degree. I can just focus on having a bit of fun with the great group of guys and girls [in the fire service] out there. With Lola turning one [speaking in 2021], and Carly and I never really having any time over the last four years to even go away for a night, I'm glad I've been 'encouraged' to make the transition to a more sustainable career, before it is too late." (Facebook profile, 06 Feb 2021; Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2021; canberratimes.com.au, 07 Dec 2019; smh.com.au, 20 Jan 2018; raywhitecanberra.com.au, 01 Jun 2019)

AUTHOR
He has released a book containing advice on selling real estate titled 'Selling Like a Specialist'. (Instagram profile, 23 Nov 2016; Facebook profile, 18 Nov 2016; cameroncrombie.com.au, 01 Jan 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Shot Put F38 Final 1 2017-07-14 1
Men's Javelin F38 Final 1 2017-07-22 5