BANNISTER Jarrod < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 03 Oct 1984 in Townsville, AUS
Height1.90 m
Weight 96 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up athletics at age 11.
Why this sport? He chose javelin because he felt he was not big enough for shot put or discus.
Club / Team Collingwood Harriers: Melbourne, VIC, AUS
Handedness Right
General Interest
Nicknames Ararar (Athletics Australia, 17 Aug 2007)
Hero / Idol Czech javelin thrower Jan Zelezny. (Athletics Australia, 17 Aug 2007)
Injuries He underwent two operations on his elbow and an operation on each ankle following the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It took 18 months for him to fully recover from his injuries. (, 04 Mar 2010)

He was troubled by an elbow injury during the javelin final of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. He was forced to seek treatment during the competition and passed on his final three throws, finishing the event in sixth position. (, 23 Aug 2008)

He suffered from stress fractures in his back in 2007. (, 04 Mar 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "My goal is to always achieve my personal best. I think if I can do that, then I will be happy." (, 08 Aug 2013)
Other sports He played junior cricket at state level in Australia. (Athletics Australia, 17 Aug 2007)
Famous relatives His sister Helena has competed at national level in athletics. (Athletics Australia, 23 July 2010)
Other information SUSPENSION
In June 2013 he was suspended for 20 months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] for missing three out-of-competition tests over a period of 18 months. Charged by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority [ASADA], Bannister admitted to an Athlete Whereabouts Violation and the subsequent suspension means he will be unable to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and defend the gold medal he won four years earlier in Delhi. He was given less than the maximum two-year ban because CAS found there had been no deliberate attempt by Bannister to avoid the third of the missed tests. Athletics Australia [AA] Chief Executive Officer Dallas O'Brien said, "This case demonstrates the need for all athletes to be diligent and responsible. It is the individual athlete's responsibility to notify the World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] of all international travel arrangements and precise accommodation arrangements. We acknowledge this can be challenging once the athlete is already overseas and perhaps we need to look at how we can do a little more to assist the athletes in those circumstances." Speaking on his website, Bannister said, "I am still deeply disappointed at receiving the period of ineligibility. To safeguard other athletes, especially Australian athletes, I would encourage them to be vigilant when dealing with AA and ASADA." (, 10 Aug 2013;, 09 Aug 2013;, 09 Aug 2013;, 08 Aug 2013)

In June 2012 he was fined 800 Australian dollars and given a three-month driving ban after pleading guilty to charges of drink-driving as well as driving unlicensed, unregistered, uninsured and with cancelled plates. He had been stopped by police in February that year while he was on his way to buy ice cream. The Australian Olympic Committee [AOC] froze his funding during the trial, but did not stop him from competing at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 09 Aug 2012;, 28 Jun 2012)