Coach: John Eden
1 x World Championships (2017)
Marty Jackson is new to para-sport with his only international experience at the Oceania/Melanesian Championships in 2016. He fits training around his job as an Arborist.
He is, however, not new to sport, as a former gridiron player with the Geelong Buccaneers. Tragically he sustained an injury during a misguided tackle, which caused a knee dislocation while playing gridiron. It led to sensory ataxia/loss of proprioception and partial paralysis of his lower left leg.
But his desire for sport remained strong, taking up athletics in 2014 to give himself something to focus on and have a goal to work towards after sustaining his injury.
Marty and Cam Crombie are Australia’s new force in the F38 shot put, and he has been encouraged by the visually impaired legend of Australian sport, Russell Short (F12) - “Rusty is an absolute champion of the sport, who has kindly offered guidance and support in recent years.”
Marty made his Team Australia debut at the London 2017 World Para-Athletics Championships where he placed a tremendous fourth in the shot put. Showing great temperament in his first major, his distance of 13.31m, was just short of his PB of 13.47m.
Although he just missed automatic selection via his fourth in London, his Commonwealth Games A qualifying mark this summer ensured he would wear the green and gold at the Gold Coast Games in the F38 shot put.
Marty’s interests include hot-rod building and BBQ meat smoking.
He desires to improve his sport by leading by example - “If I can represent para-sport as a good role model for the future athletes, then I feel I have contributed to the betterment of Athletics in Australia.”
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