Her coach Iryna Dvoskina and her training squad
Receiving an AIS scholarship
Representing Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 IPC World Athletics Championships
For Jodi Elkington, sprinting runs in the family. The up and coming stars’ cousin is Jarrem Pearce, who became the youngest person ever to win the Stawell Gift in 2000.
The sprint queen was named on the Australian team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi as a competing athlete with a disability – the only female sprinter with a disability on the team. At her first ever international meet, she came fourth in the 100m – a very credible result for the then 17-year-old. She suffered bad fortune in India too, struggling to adapt to a different diet in Delhi which disrupted her preparation.
The up-and-coming T37 sprinter recently began a scholarship at the Australian Institute of Sport under the guidance of Paralympic track coach Iryna Dvoskina. Jodi moved from her native Wodonga to Canberra, where she completed high school.
Having only taken up sprinting in 2008, she has turned into a world class athlete in quick time. Her coach in Wodonga, Greg Simpson, was immediately impressed with her pain threshold and mental strength. Discovered at a Paralympic talent search day in 2007, she took up running after recovering from a swimming injury and hasn’t looked back since, finishing third at the 2010 Australian National Championships before competing at the 2011 World Championships.
Describing herself as happy and determined, Jodi was born with cerebral palsy which affects the right side of her body. Outside of running, she umpires netball and also loves to cook and watch films. Her goal moving forward is give her best all of the time. As one of the youngest members of the Australian team, Jodi is on track for a long and prosperous career.