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Paul Raison



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
F44, T44

Further personal information


Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began training in 2006.
Why this sport?
He was spotted by a talent search programme organised by the Australian Paralympic Committee [APC].
Name of coach
John Eden [national]
Training Regime
He trains at the South Australian Sports Institute [SASI] in Kidman Park, SA, Australia.

International debut

Competing for

General interest

Hunting, riding his motorcycle, and gathering mud crabs, periwinkles, abalone and fish. (, 07 Jan 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal in the shot put at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing. (, 07 Jan 2012)
Most influential person in career
His family, friends and coaches. (, 07 Jan 2012)
Hero / Idol
Australian-Russian boxer Kostya Tszyu. (, 07 Jan 2012)
Awards and honours
He was named the John Gaviglio Most Outstanding Throws Athlete for 2007 by Athletics North Queensland [ANQ]. He also won Sporting Wheelies' Queensland Amateur Athlete of the Year 2006 and North Queensland Athlete of the Year 2007. (, 07 Jan 2012)
He had his leg amputated below the knee following a motorcycle accident in 2004. (, 07 Jan 2010)
Other information
Prior to his accident he worked as a night club security officer and had formerly been a soldier, operating artillery in the Australian Army. He is also a trained rescue diver and has an advanced diploma in Social Sciences and Community Welfare. (, 07 Jan 2012)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 4
Men's Shot Put F44 Final Round 7
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 7
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 4x100 m T42-46 Final Round 3
Men's Shot Put F44 Final Round 2
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Round 5