Wade McMahon - F37 Javelin
Wade was in Para athletics class F37, an ambulant cerebral palsy (or similar) class.
Wade started athletics in 1995 as a 16 year and showed promise in a number of events including sprinting, dicus and javelin. He went to his first Paralympic Games in 2008, in Athens. Wade finished 4th in the F37/38 Javelin, missing the bronze medal by the smallest bronze medal by the smallest of margins.
Wade worked with Alison from 2003 - 2011 improving his javelin from 36.72m to 47.93m.
Damien's major athletics achievements (most recent first) include:
2011 IPC Athletics World Champs, Christchurch, NZ 4th place (F37/38 Javelin) - 43.96m
2011 IPC Athletics World Champs, Christchurch, NZ Bronze medal (35-38 4x100m relay) - 46.07s
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games 4th place (F37/38 Javelin) - 46.71m
2006 IPC Athletics World Champs, Assen Holland, Bronze medal (F37 Javelin) - 44.89m
Wade's event (F37 Javelin) was dropped from the Rio programme after the 2011 IPC Athletics World Champs, and so Wade retired. Ironically it was re-instated after London, but Wade has moved on to develop his career.