Jodi Willis-Roberts

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Jodi Willis-Roberts
Jodi Willis on Barcelona 1992 Paralympics medal podium.jpg
Willis-Roberts at the 1992 Summer Paralympics
Personal information
Full name Jodi Glenda Willis-Roberts
Nationality  Australia
Born 24 April 1967
Preston, Victoria

Jodi Glenda Willis-Roberts, OAM[1] (born 24 April 1967)[2] is a visually impaired Australian Paralympic athlete and goalballer.


Action shot of Willis-Roberts throwing the discus at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics

Willis-Roberts was born in the Melbourne suburb of Preston.[3] She first competed at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics with the Australia women's national goalball team, when it finished seventh.[2][4] She moved to athletics and at the 1990 World Championships and Games for the Disabled in Assen, Netherlands, she won a bronze medal in the women's shot put B2.[5] At the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics, she won a gold medal in the Women's Shot Put B2 event, for which she received a Medal of the Order of Australia,[1] and a silver medal in the Women's Discus B2 event; she also competed in the national goalball team, which came seventh,[2] and the Women's Javelin B1>3 – event.[4] In 1995, she competed in the World Championships for powerlifting.[2] In the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she won a silver medal in the F10-11 shot put and also competed in the F10-11 discus throw.[4] In 2000, she won an Australian Sports Medal.[6] That year, she competed in her home country in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics where she won a gold medal in the F12 shot put and a bronze in the discus throw.[4] At the 2004 Athens Games, she won a bronze medal in the Women's Shot Put F12 event and competed in the Women's Discus F13 – event.[4] She also competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics where she won a bronze medal in the women's F12-13 shot put event.[4] After the Beijing Games, she had a shoulder reconstruction and tore her left hamstring off the bone at a training camp.[7] In 2011, she was part of the Australian national goalball team that finished sixth at the IBSA Goalball World Cup.[2]

In 1999, she was an Australian Institute of Sport Athletes with a Disability scholarship holder.[8] In 2014, she lived in Bundaberg, Queensland. [7]


  1. ^ a b "Willis, Jodi Glenda, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jodi Willis-Roberts". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ >Australian Media Guide – 2000 Paralympic Games, Sydney, Australia. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Results for Jodi Willis from the International Paralympic Committee, retrieved 10 January 2012.
  5. ^ World Championships and Games for the Disabled – Athletics Results. Netherlands: Organising Committee. 1990. 
  6. ^ "Willis-Roberts, Jodi: Australian Sports Medal". It's an Honour. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Kay, Ross. "12 Queenslanders you should know: Jodi Willis-Roberts". ABC Wide Bay website. Retrieved 18 April 2017. 
  8. ^ Excellence : the Australian Institute of Sport. Canberra: Australian Sports Commission. 2002. ISBN 1-74013-060-X. 

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