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Nathan Donaldson

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Cerebral Palsy
Classification
T34

Further personal information

Residence
Bundaberg, QLD, AUS
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first competed in the sport at age 13 after being introduced to the sport by Australian Para athlete Rheed McCracken. "I have always loved sports but was often left out or excluded from sports and activities. I was thrilled when Paralympian Rheed McCracken let me have a go in his racing chair that he competed at the London [2012] Paralympics in. Over several months I had more and more opportunities to use Rheed's chair until I eventually got my own."
Why this sport?
"My first competition was the Summer Down Under event in Canberra and Sydney. It was very scary being amongst many other wheelchair racers and at 13 I was not ready to come out of my shell. It was not long before another junior, Sam Rizzo, came over and introduced himself and then took me over to meet other juniors. That night was a big turning point and I felt accepted not only by other wheelchair racers but into the world in general as nobody was looking at me differently and judging my disability."

General interest

Sporting philosophy / motto
"Having been born with cerebral palsy I have been introduced to the world of wheelchair racing and have found my ability in my disability." (nathandonaldson.com.au, 01 Sep 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (bundabergnow.com, 02 Apr 2019)
Impairment
He was born with cerebral palsy, which predominantly affects the use of his legs. (bundabergnow.com, 26 Jul 2019)
Other information
MUSIC VIDEO
In 2017 he collaborated with Phoebe Jay, a song writer from Bundaberg, QLD, Australia, on a music video called 'Higher Than This Day'. The song talks about breaking down barriers and pursuing goals, with the clip featuring Donaldson training. "It's a great song [that] has great meaning behind it. Listening to the words makes me think about my achievements and my goals." (news-mail.com.au, 27 Jun 2017)