Jed Altschwager – Rowing (Para)
My rowing journey began after I lost my leg in a work place injury at the end of 2015. After rehabilitating for 12 months, I started to wonder how far I could go. That was when I decided to have a look at rowing with my sights firmly set on making the 2018 national team and aiming toward the Tokyo Paralymipcs.
After 12 months I was selected in the Men’s PR3 pair to represent Australia at the 2018 World Championships in Bulgaria, where we came away with a silver. I was again selected the following year in the same boat class where we had greater success at a International Para regatta in Italy, coming away with Gold. Also adding another silver later that year at the 2019 World Championships in Linz Austria.
I’m also a dad and have 2 beautiful children as well as an amazing wife. While I’m in Australia I’m based out of the South Australian Sports Institute and spend most of my mornings down at the West Lakes Sheds. I’m now currently training and preparing for selection into the 2021 Australian Paralympic team.
The best thing about being a SASI Athlete
It’s a place that offers you an opportunity to be your best and see how far you can go
My favourite food to fuel me as an Athlete
My favourite movie
My favourite colours
My sporting hero and why
Tia-Clair Toomey, she is an absolute weapon!
My Favourite possession
The sporting activity I most like performing
If I wasn’t doing my current sport I would like to be
Sharing my story with people.
The most important things in life
Family, happiness and connection
My Ambassador Activity tip
Stretching and mobility are a key session!
My favourite way to keep active
Lifting a barbell
The sport I like watching the most
Surfing, CrossFit, rowing
What sporting success looks like