The 2021 Paralympic Games are under way in Tokyo, pitting athletes with an impairment against the clock and against each other to achieve sporting glory. Lachlan Jones and Murray Goldfinch brought home medals for Australia at previous Paralympics. They also happen to sell The Big Issue in Australia. Here they share their moments of sporting glory.
Lachlan Jones, wheelchair racer
Lachlan won the gold medal and achieved a world record in the T32 100m at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, and competed in the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, 2004 Athens Paralympics
Winning gold at the Atlanta Paralympics in the men’s T32 100m was the biggest achievement of my life. To this day, I still don’t know how I won the gold medal in the state I was in. I had a headache, and I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent. It could’ve been anyone’s race – but it just happened that I got to the end first. It felt awesome. They presented me with the medal and I sang as the Australian anthem played. It gave me confidence that anything is possible.
I started racing when I was 18 or 19. Before then, I was with the Special Olympics doing swimming for a little while, but my pelvis started giving out on me, so my parents brought home some information about other sports I might be interested in.
I actually did powerlifting for a little while. As much as I hate to admit it, I was Australian champion – a one‑hit wonder – in powerlifting.