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Jayden Sawyer



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Origin of Impairment
T38, F38

Further personal information

Canberra, ACT, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first practised athletics at age five at a Little Athletics club in Canberra, ACT, Australia. At school he competed against able-bodied students. He switched to Para athletics at age 12 and began competing a year later.
Why this sport?
As a child he wanted to compete in athletics like his older brothers. He eventually did and performed well, but he was unable to reach the level he had hoped to. His parents became aware of Para athletics in 2004 when they saw a group of Para athletes at state school championships. He was then discovered by Para athletics coach Chris Timpson at a school athletics carnival.
Name of coach
Mike Barber [personal], AUS, from 2015

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Lyon, FRA

General interest

Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal and setting a world record in the men's F38 javelin at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (, 30 Sep 2019)
Most influential person in career
Coach Hamish MacDonald. (, 13 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You only get out what you put in." (, 30 Sep 2019)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was inducted into the Little Athletics Australia Roll of Excellence. (, 13 Aug 2018)

In 2017 he was named Para Athlete of the Year at the CBR Sport Awards in Canberra, ACT, Australia. (, 02 Dec 2017)
To win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games. (, 30 Sep 2019)
At age two he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. The condition restricts his movement and affects his coordination. (, 13 Aug 2018;, 13 Apr 2012)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F37/38 Final 1 2013-07-23 3
Men's Shot Put F38 Final 1 2013-07-27 6
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F38 Final 1 2015-10-28 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F38 Final Round 2016-09-15 5
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Javelin F38 Final 1 2017-07-22 1