|Sport Paralympic athletics|
Name Nathan Arkley
|Born 27 October 1994 (age 21) (1994-10-27) |
Education St Paul's College, Adelaide
Australian paralympian Nathan Arkley after Boston Marathon explosions
Nathan Arkley (born 27 October 1994) is an Australian Paralympic athlete. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, he won a bronze medal.
Arkley was born on 27 October 1994. He is a paraplegic as a result of the viral infection, transverse myelitis, he caught when he was eight years old. As of 2012, he lives in St Agnes, South Australia. He attended St Pauls College in Gilles Plains.
Arkley is a T54 classified athlete. He has a special three carbon wheeled racing wheelchair. He has been coached by John Hammon since 2009.
Arkley started competing in wheelchair athletics in 2005. Prior to his paraplegia, he participated in track at school. He first represented Australian in 2009. At the Swiss hosted 2009 IWAS Junior World Championships, he won five silver medals and two gold medals. In 2012, he won the Oz Day 10K men's junior division. He sometimes trains with Jake Lappin. In 2012, he would train by wheeling up to 200 kilometres (120 mi) a week. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in athletics. Arkley participated in the Men's 5000 m T54, Men's Marathon T54, and the Men's 4 × 400 m T53/54 – winning a bronze in the 4 × 400 m.