Born: Newcastle (14-10-82). Lives: Brisbane. Height: 199cm. Weight: 117kg. Occupation: Athlete. Event: Discus. Season’s Best: 65.94m (29-3-14 – Brisbane). PB: 68.20m (10-5-13 – Townsville). Coach: Ken Harradine. Club/Institute/Academy: QAS. Commonwealth Games: 8th in 2006, 1st in 2010. Highlights: Olympics Games – 21st in 2008, 9th in 2012, 2nd in 2010 Continental Cup, 5th in 2011 world championships, Australian record-holder (68.20m in May 2013).
WITH his colourful outfits and social media antics, the Eleebana man mountain has become a favourite with athletics fans. But with a discus in his giant hands, Harradine is all business and shapes as the man to beat when he tries to defend his Games crown in Glasgow. He won the national title in April with a throw of 62.23 metres after already qualifying for Glasgow with a 65.94m effort. The 31-year-old is based in Sweden and Brisbane for training, but still calls Newcastle home.