Bruce Wallrodt

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Bruce Wallrodt
221000 - Athletics field javelin Bruce Wallrodt waves - 3b - 2000 Sydney event photo.jpg
Wallrodt seen waving to the crowds during javelin competition at the 2000 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Bruce Wallrodt
Nationality  Australia
Born 26 September 1951
Bunbury, Western Australia

Bruce Wallrodt, OAM[1] (born 26 September 1951)[2]is an Australian Paralympic athlete. He has competed at five Paralympic Games and won nine medals.

Personal[edit]

Wallrodt was born on 26 September 1951 in the Western Australian city of Bunbury.[2] He attended South Bunbury Primary School and Newton Moore Senior High School. After leaving school, he worked as a fitter and turner until the age of 29, when he had a spinal haemorrhage that left him paraplegic.[3]

Career[edit]

Bruce Wallrodt prepares to throw in the F53 seated javelin event in which he won a bronze medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics

Sport to me was an extended arm of the rehabilitation process and made me realise that there was little that I could not do even if I had to do it from a wheelchair. Competing and mixing with my peers showed me that the upper limits of my capabilities were far greater than I had thought possible. Sport opened up many doors that seemingly would have remained closed had I not been involved with it. There is mot a lot a person in a chair cannot do if they put their minds to it.

Bruce Wallrodt[4]

In the 1988 Seoul Games, Wallrodt won two gold medals in the Men's Shot Put 2 and the Men's Javelin 2 events, and a bronze medal in the Men's Discus 2 event.[5] At the 1990 World Championships and Games for the Disabled in Assen, Netherlands he won gold medals in the Men's Shot Put and Discus F4 events.[6] At the 1992 Barcelona Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's Javelin THW4 event (for which he received a Medal of The Order of Australia),[1] and two silver medals in the Men's Discus THW4 and the Men's Shot Put THW4 events.[5] Going into the 1992 Games, he was a world record holder in discus, javelin and shot put.[7] In the 1996 Atlanta Games, he won a gold medal in the Men's Shot Put F53 event and a bronze medal in the Men's Javelin F53 event.[5] In 2000, he received an Australian Sports Medal.[8] He won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Games in the men's shot put T54 event[9]and came 4th in the Men's Javelin F54 - event.[10] At the 2004 Athens Games, he came fifth in both the Men's Javelin F54[11] and the Men's Shot Put F54 events.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wallrodt, Bruce, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australians at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics: Athletes". Australian Sports Commission. Archived from the original|archiveurl= requires |url= (help) on 20 January 2000. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Former Paralympian gold medalist to give on track keynote address" (PDF). City of Bunbury. 14 October 2010. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Mather-Brown, Bill (2002). The fight in the dog. Perth: T. Beck. p. 274. ISBN 0958000107. 
  5. ^ a b c "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ World Championships and Games for the Disabled - Athletics Results. Netherlands: Organising Committee. 1990. 
  7. ^ Barcelona Paralympics 1992 : Australian team members profile handbook. Glebe, New South Wales: Australian Paralympic Federation. 1992. 20779. 
  8. ^ "Wallrodt, Bruce: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Australian Honour Roll". Australian Paralympic Committee Annual Report 2010 (Australian Paralympic Committee): 10. 2010. 
  10. ^ "Results for the 2000 Men's Javelin F54 -". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Results for the 2004 Men's Javelin F54". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Results for the 2004 Men's Shot Put F54". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 January 2012.