Damien Birkinhead threw a personal best distance to easily pass the Olympic qualifying standard (20.50m) and move to second on the Australian all-time list with his 21.21 metres in Hobart in February, 2016. In eight months he had improved his personal best by 81cm. He was unable to throw at the Trials due to a calf injury.
Birkinhead’s best is now just five centimetres shy of the Australian Record, held by his coach Scott Martin, a dual Olympian. Birkinhead hold all three (U16, U18, U20) Australian junior shot put records.
In 2010, Birkinhead was a finalist at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and in 2012 he won bronze at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Two years later he took out the national shot put title which automatically qualified him for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, where he placed fifth.
The Victorian born athlete won his third national title in Brisbane in 2015.
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Shot Put Men
Whittington, VIC, Australia
Teesdale, VIC, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut
- 2010 Singapore Youth Olympics - 4th (Shot Put)
- 1st (shot put) – 2016 Victorian Championships (Melbourne, Australia)
- 1st (shot put) – 2016 Athletics Classic (Hobart, Australia)
- 2nd (shot put) – 2015 Golden Spike (Ostrava, Czech Republic)
- 1st (shot put) – 2015 Australian Championships (Brisbane, Australia)
- 5th at 2014 Commonwealth games in Glasgow- Shot Put
- 3rd at the 2012 world junior championships, Barcelona. -Shot Put
- Throwing a pb of 21.21 at the Briggs track classic- 2016
- Teesdale Primary School (VIC, Australia)
- Christian College Geelong (VIC, Australia)
Scott Martin (2012-currrent)
Victorian Institute of Sport
Primary Training Base