Former national para-rowing champion, Cam Crombie, made his long-awaited debut for Australia in London. He was on target to make his rowing debut in 2015 at the world championships, but a lack of certainty regarding his classification resulted in this not occurring - “my dream of competing for Australia was shattered.”
But a collaboration between Rowing Australia and Athletics Australia, saw him move to athletics where he was classified F38 and linked up with Canberra throws coach and former Paralympic legend Hamish McDonald.
In his first season, he nailed multiple shot put ‘A’ world championships qualifying performances for the javelin and a ‘B’ in the javelin. In his international para-athletics debut, at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships, he won gold and set a world record. His first put was a foul, but on his second attempt, he hit 15.95m, smashing the old record of 15.58m. “I’m a bit lost for words. This is fantastic; I couldn’t have hoped for a better result. I wouldn’t have dreamt it,” said Crombie who won by 1.82m. He capped off the championships with fifth place in the javelin with a PB throw of 47.84m.
The performance earned him automatic selection for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He is fortunate the shot is on the track and field program for the Commonwealth Games, but he will need to focus on javelin for Tokyo in 2020.
Post his sporting career he would like to move into a role where he can help and encourage kids to get involved with sport, at any level, but for now, he’ll take the ‘athlete’ side of it as far as he physically can before thinking about a ‘retirement plan’.
Cam is a towering 1.97m tall. His impairment is hemiplegia (left side) because of a stroke during premature birth. He is the eldest of twin boys and a volunteer firefighter in the ACT Rural Fire Service. His hobbies include playing any sport possible, playing the guitar, tinkering with motorbikes and cars.
Born in Newcastle, he completed a Bachelor of Economics at the University of Newcastle and has written a book titled ‘Selling like a Specialist’, which helps individual people sell houses.
He was a keen basketballer with the Newcastle Hunters and junior/school representative teams from 1994 to 2014.
His Great Grandfather, Gavin ‘Massa’ Russell, played soccer for Australia in 1930’s.