Todd Hodgetts

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Todd Hodgetts
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Hodgetts
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1988-03-23) 23 March 1988 (age 26)
Launceston, Tasmania
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Athletics

Todd Hodgetts, OAM (born 23 March 1988) is an Australian athlete on the autism spectrum who won a gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Personal[edit]

Todd Hodgetts was born on 23 March 1988 in Launceston,[1] and is from Newstead.[2][3][4] He lived in Tasmania until 2011, when he moved to Canberra to improve his chances of making the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[1][5] After the London Games, he relocated to Melbourne.[6] He is studying for a certificate IV in fitness as of 2012.[1]

He has an autism spectrum disorder.[7] Other sports in which he participates include weightlifting.[1]

Athletics[edit]

Hodgetts specialises in the shot put.[8][9] He competes in the F20 classification.[1][10] He is coached by John Minns.[5] He works with a gymnastics coach to help with his balance and conditioning.[10] He is a member of the Newstead Harriers.[3][9]

Hodgetts started competing in athletics in shot put in 1998[1] after his brother brought home a shot put from high school and encouraged him to try it as kind of a joke.[10] At the 2004 Tasmanian Athletics Championships, he competed in the under-18 shot put event where he scored a state record with one of his throws.[9]

Hodgetts made his national team debut in 2005.[1] In 2008, he was the Australian champion in the shot put.[3] He competed at the 2009 Australian national athletics championships in Adelaide.[3] In 2009, at an Athletics South flagship interclub competition, he won the shot put with a distance of 15.43 m.[2] At the 2012 Tasmanian Track and Field Championships, he had a season's best throw of 16.04 m to win the event.[8] At the 2012 Australian Athletics Championships, he set a world record in the shot put.[1][11] At the 2012 London Paralympics, he won a gold medal in the Men's Shot Put F20 event.[12] After the Games, he underwent elbow surgery.[6]

In 2013, Hodgetts relocated to Melbourne to train under throws coach Gus Puoplo. Competing at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France, he won a bronze medal in the Men's Shot Put F20.[6] He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Todd Hodgetts". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Welsh, Richard (20 December 2009). "Mason squad rules Sport". The Mercury. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Tassie athletes for Adelaide". The Mercury. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Dutton, Chris (6 June 2012). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Edwards, Phil (5 April 2012). "Hodgetts throws record". The Examiner. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c "#IPC13: Hodgetts adds bronze to London 2012 victory". Athletics Australia News. 22 July 2013. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  7. ^ Mounster, Bruce (20 September 2012). "Paralympic hero returns". The Mercury. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Sprint doubles decided". The Mercury. 26 March 2012. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c "Philpott sprints ahead". The Examiner. 11 January 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c Landsberg, Jayne (9 July 2012). "Hodgetts stoked about Paralympic selection". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "World Records Fall at Australian Athletics Championships". International Paralympic Committee. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 23 July 2012. 
  12. ^ Todd Hodgetts's profile on paralympic.org. Retrieved 5 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 

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