MACDONALD Hamish < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA Australia   
Gender Men
Born 19 Aug 1974 in Melbourne, AUS
Height1.74 m
Weight 80 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Origin of Impairment Congenital
Classification F34
Further Personal Information
Residence Canberra, ACT, AUS
Higher education Education - University of Southern Queensland: Toowoomba, QLD, AUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first competed in 1992.
International Debut
Year 1992
Competing for Australia
Location Spain
General Interest
Nicknames H, The Hamster, H-Bat (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Memorable sporting achievement Retaining the world title for the shot put at the 2006 World Championships in Assen, Netherlands. (ausport.gov.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Most influential person in career His family. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Awards and honours He was named 2003 Male Disability Athlete of the Year by the Australian Paralympic Committee. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)

In 1999 he was co-winner of the Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Memorial award. (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)

In 1997 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to sport as a gold medallist at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta. (itsanhonour.gov.au, 05 Jan 2010)

He was named 1996 Northern Territory Sportsman of the Year. (athletics.com.au, 05 Jan 2010)
Other information RETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from sport in February 2013. (insidethegames.biz, 02 Feb 2013)

COMMUNITY WORK
Outside of competing he works hard to educate people about impaired sports and has travelled to several islands in the Caribbean and South Pacific to implement sports programmes for athletes with an impairment. He has also been a member of the International Paralympic Committee [IPC] Athlete Commission and has been involved with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees since 1998, travelling to refugee camps on the Thai-Cambodian border. He represented the World Anti-Doping Authority at the 2003 South Pacific Games as an athlete ambassador to help raise awareness of drugs in sport. (paralympic.org.au, 05 Jan 2010)