UWA Athletics Club para-athlete Jackson Hamilton has joined the Australian Par-athletics Junior High Performance Program for 2018, after a stand-out year that has seen him progress into one of the most promising athletes in Australia.
Heading into its fifth consecutive year, the para-athletic Junior High Performance program looks to develop its newest cohort of young para-athletes to participate at the 2019 World Para Athletic Championships and 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The 14-year-old athletics champion suffers from a rare genetic condition, X-linked juvenile retinoschisis, which has left him with just 10 per cent vision.
During the 2016-17 season, Jackson won two golds and a silver at the National Junior Athletics Championships in Sydney, more gold at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships in Canberra and earnt multiple spots on top of the medal podium at the State Athletics Championships in Perth.
With his focus on Tokyo 2020, the revelation that he has joint the program will come as a huge support boost.
The Shenton College student now leaves for Sydney to compete in the Australian Junior Athletics Championships, and will attend training camps in Melbourne in April and at the Australian Institute of Sport in October.
Graduate Officer, UWA Sport Marketing, Communication and Events