Damien Bowen

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Damien Bowen
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Bowen
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 34)
Country Australia
Sport Paralympic athletics
Event(s) Shot put
Club Queanbeyan Athletics Club

Damien Bowen (born 14 May 1984) is an Australian seated shot putter and seated javelin thrower. He represented Australia in athletics at the 2012 Summer Paralympics but did not medal.


Bowen was born on 14 May 1984 in Perth, Western Australia.[1][2][3] As of 2012, he lives in Queanbeyan, New South Wales[1][2] and is from the Australian Capital Territory.[4][5] Bowen has cerebral palsy.[2]


Bowen throwing the javelin at the 2012 London Paralympics
Bowen throweing the shot put at the 2012 London Paralympics

Bowen is a seated shot putter and seated javelin thrower.[1][6] He competes in the F34 classification.[2][3] He is coached by Alison O’Riordan,[1] and is a member of the Queanbeyan Athletics Club.[1] He became involved in athletics while living in Western Australia.[1] In 2008, Bowen had a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.[7] In 2009, he had an "Aspire to be a Champion" grant.[8] In 2011, he had a scholarship with the ACT Academy of Sport.[9]

Bowen started in athletics in 2006.[2] He competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, finishing seventh in the F33/34/52 men's javelin event.[2][6][7][10] He finished seventh in the javelin event.[11] In 2009, he finished first in the mixed seated discus at the AWD Australia Athletics Championships.[12] At the 2010 Commonwealth Games, he competed in the men's F32/34/52 shot put for elite athletes with a disability event, where he finished fourth.[13][14][15][16] At the 2011 Australian Athletics Championships, he finished second in the shot put even with a throw of 9.35 metres. He finished first in the javeling event with a throw of 29.19 metres.[3] At the 2012 Australian Athletics Championships, he finished first in the shot put event with a distance of 10.32 metres and first in the javelin event with a throw of 33.50 metres.[3] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics.[2][4][5][17][18] He did not medal at the 2012 Games.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Damien Bowen". Athletics ACT. Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Damien Bowen | APC Corporate". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  3. ^ a b c d "Damien Bowen TF34 recent performances". NSW Athletics. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  4. ^ a b "Walters sprints for London — Teenager set for Paralympics debut". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b Chris Dutton (2012-06-06). "Canberra's Paralympic athletes aim for Games glory". Australian Capital Territory: Canberra Times. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  6. ^ a b Olivia McGrath (2008-09-16). "Francis, relay team add to gold tally". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  7. ^ a b "AIS Athletes at the Beijing Paralympic Games". Australian Sports Commission. 2008-07-29. Archived from the original on 2012-03-28. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  8. ^ "'Aspire to be a Champion' past Grant recipients". Aspire.au.com. Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  9. ^ "OLYMPIC HOPEFULS". Canberra Times. Canberra, Australia. November 26, 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Francis continues gold winning streak". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  11. ^ "Francis continues gold winning streak - 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games". ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  12. ^ "Paralympic Champ shows the way | APC Corporate". Australian Paralympic Committee. 2009-03-20. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  13. ^ "MacDonald third in F32 men's shot put". Sydney Morning Herald. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2012-07-08.
  14. ^ "Around the traps — Day 4 - Delhi 2010 - Sportal New Zealand". Sportal.co.nz. Archived from the original on 2013-02-23. Retrieved 2012-07-09.
  15. ^ Sydney (2010-04-20). "Australian C'wealth Games athletics team named". Melbourbe: The Age. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  16. ^ "Shot put gold for Ellery". Australian Paralympic Committee. 2010-10-07. Archived from the original on 2012-05-06. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  17. ^ "The Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) announced the athletics team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre today, during the team's final training camp on home soil before the Games begin on 29 August". 2XU. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  18. ^ "Australian Paralympic Team Announced". Athletics ACT. 2012-06-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2012-07-23.

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