Quick facts

Birthplace

Sarnia, Ont.

Residence

Sarnia, Ont.

Sport

Para Athletics

Robert Hughes won a bronze in shotput at the 2006 IPC World Para Athletics Championships. He was also a member of the worlds team in 2002 placing fifth in the same event, He competed at the 2000 Paralympics in Sydney earning fifth place finishes in the discus and javelin.

Hughes, born with cerebral palsy, got started in sports at age 14 and was encouraged by his parents to take up athletics to stay active. He was a member of the Sarnia Athletics Southwest Track and Field Club and coached by Joel Skinner.

Hughes has an impressive sports background in his family. His great-grandfather competed in water polo at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. His grandfather was the head official for athletics at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, and his aunt was Canada’s chef de mission for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.
 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
2000 Paralympic Games…. 2002 and 2006 IPC World Championships… Bronze medal at 2006 worlds in shotput… 18-time Canadian champion

PERSONAL
Born with cerebral palsy… Studied sports administration at Lambton College in Sarnia… Works as the Sarnia Sting’s statistician, and has been with the OHL team for the past 15 seasons.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
2006 IPC World Championships Shotput 3rd
2002 IPC World Championships Shotput 5th
2000 Paralympic Games Javelin 5th
2000 Paralympic Games Discus 5th