Hayder Shkara will make his Olympic debut at the Rio 2016 Games after being just one win from qualification for London 2012. Shkara won the -80kg division at the Oceania Olympic Qualification Tournament against New Zealand’s Vaughn Scott whom which he was defeated by to miss out four years earlier.
Shkara was a part of Australia’s successful 2015 Pacific Games taekwondo team that took home nine gold and four silver medals. Shkara won his division at the event with the gold medal match again against Vaughn Scott.
He went on to claim three bronze medals in the back end of 2015 at the Polish, Russian and Serbian Opens which saw him move into the top 20 in the Olympic rankings.
Having studied a double degree in law and journalism at the University of Technology Sydney and currently works as a solicitor
He is a founding member of a charity organisation named The Youth Centre. The charity focuses on helping disadvantaged youth in South Western Sydney by providing a range of services including tutoring, sports counselling and spiritual guidance. It was also involved in the Federal Government Initiative to prevent violent extremism in Australia.
All copy on this page is copyright © Australian Olympic Committee. Do not reproduce without permission.
Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Rio will be Olympic debut
- 1st (-80kg) - 2016 Spanish Open (Alicante, Spain)
- 1st (-80kg) - 2016 Oceania Championships (Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)
- 3rd (-80kg) - 2015 Serbian Open (Belgrade, Serbia)
- 3rd (-80kg) - 2015 Russian Open (Moscow, Russia)
- 3rd (-80kg) - 2015 Polish Open (Warsaw, Poland)
- Winning the Oceania Qualification Tournament to make the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
- Winning gold at the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.
- Winning gold medals at the 2014 and 2016 Spanish Opens.
- Padstow Park Primary School, NSW Australia
- Homebush Boys High School, NSW, Australia
- Bachelor of Law/Journalism - University of Technology Sydney (2008 - 2013)
Ali Khalil (2010 - current)
Global Martial Arts, Liverpool Sydney, NSW, Australia
Global Martial Arts, NSWIS
Primary Training Base
Secondary Training Base
- Favourite food
- Favourite holiday destination
- My bedroom in bed with a bag of chips
- Favourite music
- Any type of upbeat music that gets me through a training session. Special thanks to Taylor Swift for that.
- Dream car
- Size is everything. The bigger the better.
- Personal Motto
- The stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.
- Star Sign
- I would spend my last $10 on
- Hot Chips
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Gymnastics because I am very flexible
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Cathy Freeman winning the 400m in Sydney
- First Olympic Memory?
- Mohammed Ali lighting the flame in Atlanta
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- My mum. She pushed me from a young age to work hard and supported me throughout my career.
- Why this sport?
- I was never good at any sports, so I just stuck to the first one I was successful at