Guy Henly

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Guy Henly
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team Portrait
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1987-05-14) 14 May 1987 (age 31)
Sydney, NSW
Height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)

Guy Nicholas Henly (born 14 May 1987) is an Australian Paralympic athlete.[1] He currently competes in discus and shot put and has won medals at the 2013, and 2015 and 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.[1][2] He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in athletics.[3]


When Henly was only 7 years old he developed a brain tumour which affected the right side of his body, including his vision. He has Right Hemi-paresis which falls under the category of Cerebral Palsy.[4] He enjoys playing tennis and once said his greatest moment was beating the national No. 1 ranked ID tennis player.[1] He works as an IT Administrator in Sydney.[5] He lives in Sydney, NSW.

Sporting career[edit]

Henly wanted to pursue a career in tennis for athletes with a disability but was not eligible as only wheelchair tennis was supported at the Paralympic Games and he decided that wasn’t for him. He went to the Australian Paralympic Committee’s Toyota Talent Search Program where he was introduced to discus and shot put.[5] Within 8 months he had competed in his first international event.[1] He started competing in athletics in 2010. He was hoping to make the 2012 London Paralympic Games but narrowly missed out.[4]

At the 2011 Oceania Paralympic Championships in Darwin, Northern Territory he competed for Australia in discus and shot put. He received a gold in the Men's Discus Throw Ambulant event (39.07m) and a silver in the Men's Shot Put Ambulant event (11.07m)[1][2][6]

At the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France he again competed in both discus and shot put. He received a bronze medal in the discus (51.13m) and 8th place in the shot put (11.55m)[5][7]

Competing at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, he threw the discus 53.41 m in final round to snatch the silver medal in the Men's Discus F37. After winning the silver medal, he said:"It was a bit of a fairy tale to improve on the bronze in the last round, but my coach just said to have a crack because there was nothing to lose. It's an improvement from a couple of years back, and now hopefully we move up to the gold in Rio to complete the medal set." [8]

At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he finished fourth in the Men's Discus F37 with a throw of 51.97.[9][5][10][4][5]

At the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London, England, he won a silver medal in the Men's Discus F37 with a throw of 53.59.[11]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Guy Henly". Australian Paralympic Committee. Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b Wake, Rebecca (5 May 2011). "Gold for Henly on debut". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Australian Paralympic Athletics Team announced". Australian Paralympic Committee News, 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Athletics NSW Administrator (9 April 2013). "Guy Henly ready for international debut". Athletics New South Wales. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Athlete Biography - Guy Henly". Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Medal Tally - 2011 Oceania Paralympic Championships - Athletics". Sports Pulse. Fox. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  7. ^ Australia, Athletics (29 July 2013). "More medals on final day of track and field". Newsboost. Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Doha 2015". Athletics Australia website. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  9. ^ "Guy Henly". Rio Paralympics Official site. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  10. ^ "Athletics Australia Nass; Para-Athletics High Performance Program". Athletics Australia. Athletics Australia High Performance Department. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  11. ^ Ryner, Sascha. "A silver lining for Australia". Athletics Australia News, 16 July 2017. Retrieved 19 July 2017.

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