James Turner a finalist in Australian Paralympic Awards

James Turner after his win in the 800 metres at Rio. Photo Getty Images.

James Turner after his win in the 800 metres at Rio. Photo Getty Images.

DIAMOND Beach athlete and Paralympic champion James Turner has been named as a finalist in two categories as part of the Australian Paralympic Awards to be held in Sydney on Thursday, December 8.

Nominated for the Male Paralympian of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards, the teenage sensation exceeded all expectations when he won the 800m T36 event for athletes with neurological conditions, shaving nearly three seconds off the world record.

Only relatively new to Para-athletes, Turner began training in late December 2015 after the Australian 7-a-side football team, the Pararoos failed to qualify for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Congratulating Turner on his nominations, Chef de Mission of the 2016 Australian Paralympic Team Kate McLoughlin said:

“James had to wait until the second last day of competition to show what he could do, and needless to say, he did that.

“He smashed the world record and became a Paralympic champion at his first Games, and it was great to see him rise to the occasion.

“I look forward to celebrating his stellar achievements again next week at the Australian Paralympic Awards.”

Tickets to the 2016 Australian Paralympic Awards are still available and can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com.au