Jay Dohnt

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Jay Dohnt
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Dohnt
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 20 November 1989 (1989-11-20) (age 25)
Adelaide, South Australia

Jay Dohnt (born 20 November 1989 in Adelaide, South Australia) is a Paralympic swimming competitor from Australia. He is a bilateral below the knee amputee as a result of meningococcal disease at the age of thirteen. He is also missing four fingers on his right hand. He chose swimming as legs were not required to do it[1] and obtained a scuba diving ticket.[2]


In 2006, he was the only competitor in the men’s freestyle multi-disability section of the 2006 Australian Open Water Swimming Titles in Melbourne, Victoria.[3] He won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the men's 400 m freestyle S7 event.[4] He is an Australian Institute of Sport paralympic swimming and South Australian Sports Institute scholarship holder.[5] He was unable to compete in 2010 due to a serious shoulder injury.[3] In 2011, he won a silver medal in the men's 400m freestyle S7 at the Para Pan Pacific Championships in Edmonton, Canada.[3] He is currently training for the London Paralympics .

In 2008, he took up golf.[6]

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics he represented Australia in the Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB6, 200 m Individual Medley SM7 and 400 m Freestyle S7.[7]


  • 2005 Pride of Australia Courage Award.[2]
  • 2007 Athlete of the Year award in South Australian Wheelchair Sports.[3]
  • 2009 Swimming SA Hall of Fame inductee.[8]
  • 2011 Tanya Denver Award, given to the Advertiser Channel Seven Sports Star of the Year who displays endeavour and sportsmanship.[9]


  1. ^ "Jay Dohnt's Story". Stateline South Australia, 6 February 2009. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Past Winners - 2005". Pride of Australia Medal. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Jay Dohnt Profile". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 5 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "AIS Roll of Honour for the Paralympics". Australian Sports Commission Website. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jay Dohnt". South South Australian Amputee Golf Association. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Jay Dohnt's profile on paralympic.org. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
  8. ^ "Swimming". No Limits! (Adelaide, South Australia: Wheelchair Sports South Australia). July 2009. p. 8. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Jay sports star". South Australian Swimming News, 19 November 2011. South Australian Swimming. Retrieved 12 March 2012.