After placing second Australian in the javelin at the national championships in April, Joshua Robinson threw his first and only Olympic qualifying mark of 85.11m in May at a special javelin competition in Perth securing his journey to Rio. His performance moved him to fourth Australian all time and the longest throw by an Australian for six years.
His Olympic selection is a story of perseverance for the 30-year-old master of the javelin. He had first represented Australia 14-years-ago at the IAAF world junior championships in 2002. Robinson was also on the world stage competing at the world championships (2007) and Universiade (2007 & 2009). In 2014 he placed fourth in the Commonwealth Games and sixth at the Continental Cup in Morocco. He overcame a calf injury in the summer of 2016 to secure Rio selection where he will make his Olympic debut.
He has been coached for 17-years by former leading Australian javelin thrower Richard Brockett. Robinson has made many financial sacrifices to achieve his goals. Prior to his recent Olympic qualifying performance in Perth, he slept on the floor of a friends place to save on accommodation costs.
In his early teens, Robinson was a talented cricketer, playing for the Queensland schoolboys team. Aged 13-years, he was clocked throwing a ball at 152km/hr. Away from the track, Robinson has worked as a mechanical engineer after completing degrees in Engineering and Commerce at the University of Queensland.
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Javelin Throw Men
Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Coorparoo, QLD, Australia
- Rio 2016 will be his Olympic debut.
- 2001 Sydney - 2nd (Javelin) 2003 Sydney - 1st (Javelin)
- 2nd (javelin) – 2016 Australian Championships (Sydney, Australia)
- 1st (javelin) - 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
- 2nd (javelin) - 2016 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
- 4th (javelin) – 2014 Commonwealth Games (Glasgow, GBR)
- 6th (javelin) – 2014 Continental Cup (Marrakech, Morocco)
- Breaking the national U18 Record in front of my school mates at the AIC Championships
- Representing at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2014 Continental Cup
- Throwing a personal best of 85.11m earlier this year to secure a qualifier for the Olympic Games. I travelled to Perth to have a competition and was sleeping on the dining room floor of a friend's house. It's these little sacrifices that make the result so special.
- Holland Park State School (QLD, Australia)
- Villanova College (QLD, Australia)
- Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Bachelor of Commerce
Richard Brockett (1998 - current), Peter Connor (1998)
University of Queensland
Queensland Academy of Sport
Primary Training Base
- No firm superstitions, though I have a favourite javelin and I hate throwing in brand new shoes/gear.
- Favourite food
- Can't beat a burger at the beach
- Star Sign
- If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
- Kayaking, either flat water racing or in the rapids.
- Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
- Jan Zelenzy winning 3 gold and 1 silver in the javelin (1988 to 2000)
- First Olympic Memory?
- I remember being sick for a week during the 1992 Olympic Games, I stayed home and watched the games for one week straight. I can remember the diving overlooked the city. I was completely in awe of what those Olympians could achieve.
- Most Influential person in your career/life
- I would have to say my coach, Richard Brockett. I started off looking up to him because he used to throw. We have now been training together for 17 years.
- Why this sport?
- I started playing cricket as a fast bowler. I was always able to throw pretty well. I thought that I would compete at my school competition in Year 8 and broke the school record. Things got more serious from then.