HARRADINE Benn < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 14 Oct 1982 in Newcastle, AUS
Height1.98 m
Weight 115 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner
Languages English, German, Swedish
Higher education Physical Education - University of Newcastle: Australia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up discus throw at age eight.
Why this sport? He was told he could not compete in contact sports because of a liver condition.
Club / Team Maroochy Athletics Club: Australia
Name of coach Ken Harradine [personal, father], AUS
General Interest
Nicknames Benny, Dizzle (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
Hobbies Singing, playing the guitar. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, Aug 2015)
Most influential person in career His family. (abc.net.au, 03 Aug 2010)
Hero / Idol US boxer Muhammad Ali, East German discus thrower Wolfgang Schmidt, US basketballer Michael Jordan, US sprinter Jon Drummond. (Sport and Recreation QLD, 15 Feb 2006)
Injuries He tore the quadriceps tendon in his knee three days before the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, People's Republic of China, but still went on to compete at the event. After the competition he required six weeks of injections to treat the injury. (theherald.com.au, 11 Feb 2016)

In early 2015 he suffered a torn adductor muscle. (Facebook page, 13 Sep 2015)

He competed at the 2012 Olympic Games in London with a knee injury. Following the Games he underwent surgery that required six months of rehabilitation. (theherald.com.au, 30 Jul 2013)
Awards and honours He has been inducted into the Indigenous Hall of Fame in Australia. (bennharradine.com, 11 Apr 2014)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (theherald.com.au, 29 Mar 2016)
Other information HERITAGE
At age 22 he found out about his indigenous heritage after his father researched his relatives. He is a descendant of the Wotjobaluk/Wergia people of Wimmera, VIC, Australia. In 2008 he became the first indigenous athlete to represent Australia in a field event at the Olympic Games when he competed in discus throw in Beijing, and in 2010 he became the first indigenous athlete to win a medal for Australia in a field event at a major championships when he won gold in discus throw at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. (creativespirits.info, 23 Jan 2016; theaustralian.com.au, 11 Oct 2010)

In 2014 he co-founded Harradine Performance with his father Ken. They provide sports coaching, workshops and consulting. (harradineperformance.com, 10 May 2016; LinkedIn profile, 15 Mar 2016)

He has spent time studying at University of Queensland and Deakin University, both in Australia. (LinkedIn profile, 15 Mar 2016)