4 MARCH - 13 MARCH 2022 (UTC)

28 August - 8 Sept 2024 (FST)

Name Jessica Hamill
Sport Para athletics
Date of Birth
20 July 1990
Coach Raylene Bates
Resides Dunedin
Occupation File Clerk
Classification F34
Impairment (Disability)
Hypertonia (Celebral Palsy)
Paralympian #
162 - Rio 2016 and Beijing 2008

Major International Results
2017 World Para Athletics Championships Bronze - Women's Shotput F34
2016 Rio Paralympic Games Bronze - Women's Shotput F34
2015 IPC Athletics World Championships Silver - Women's Shotput F34 
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships 6th - Women's Shotput F34
8th - Women's Javelin F33-34/52-53
2010 Commonwealth Games Silver - Women's Shotput F32-34/52-53
2008 Beijing 2008 Paralympics Games 7th - Women's Discuss F32-34/51-53
10th - Women's Javelin F33-34/52-53
11th - Women's Shotput F32-34/52-53
2006 IPC Athletics World Championships Silver - Women's Shotput F34
7th - Women's Javelin F33-34/52-53

World Rankings (as at May 2018)
Women's Shotput F34 1


Jessica lives in Dunedin with her partner Dale. She has competed in Para athletics including shotput, discus and javelin since the age of 15 and has competed in international competitions since 2006. Jessica took a break from competing in Para athletics form 2012 through to mid 2014. She took time to assess exactly what she wanted and to try different things, including moving out of Dunedin. 

Jessica moved back to Dunedin in 2015 and since then has had a renewed drive and passion for Para athletics. She strongly believes that the break helped shape who she is today and she is loving being back on the world stage. In 2016 she once again represented New Zealand at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games winning a bronze medal. Her performance contributed to the New Zealand Paralympic Team’s stunning 21 medals across 12 individual medallists in 2016 (9 gold, 5 silver and 7 bronze). The Team finished first in the world per capita and 13th in the world overall (previous best: 16th).

Outside of Para athletics, Jessica works as a file clerk.

Key international events include:

2018 World Para Athletics Championships - date tbc

Photo credit - Getty Images

About Jessica

Classification means...

F and T?
Letter = the prefix represents F (field) and T (track and long jump).

T32-38 and F31-38
Number = represents a sport class. The 30s sport classes are allocated to Para athletes with athetosis, ataxia and/or hypertonia. The impairments typically affect the ability to control legs, trunk, arms and hands. The lower the number is, the more significant the activity limitation.

Para athletes in sport classes 31-34 compete in a seated position, e.g. in wheelchair racing or using a throwing chair. In contrast, Para athletes in sport classes 35-38 show a better function in their legs and better trunk control and therefore compete standing, e.g. in running events, long jump or throwing events.

Classification Means...

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