Jamie Dunross

Jamie Barry Dunross, OAM[1] (born 28 August 1965)[2] is an Australian sailor who won a gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics.

Jamie Dunross
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2000 Australian Paralympic team portrait of Dunross
Personal information
Full nameJamie Barry Dunross
Nationality Australia
Born (1965-08-28) 28 August 1965 (age 57)
Melbourne, Victoria)
Medal record
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Mixed Three Person Sonar


Dunross was born in Melbourne on 28 August 1965.[2] A former miner, he became a quadriplegic after an explosion at a gold mine in Kalgoorlie.[3] He cannot use his legs, and has very restricted use of his arms. Jamie had depression for five years after the accident, and his passion for sailing helped him to recover from it. He has two children.[4]

Australian sailors Jamie Dunross (seen left), Noel Robins and Graeme Martin at Sydney Harbout with their boat during the 2000 Summer Paralympics

Career and aftermathEdit

In 2000, in preparation for the 2000 Sydney Games, Dunross won the North American championship in the Mixed Three Person Sonar event in St. Petersburg, Florida with Noel Robins and Graeme Martin. At the Sydney Games, Jamie won a gold medal with Robins and Martin again in the Mixed Three Person Sonar event,[5][6] in which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for his 'service to sport'. [1] He also participated in the Mixed Three Person Sonar event at the 2004 Athens Games, but did not win a medal.[5] In 2010, Dunross became the first person with quadriplegia to circumnavigate around Australia unassisted.[4]

On 9 August 2016, his 2000 Paralympic gold medal was stolen during a burglary at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.[7] He said he was devastated by the theft. "I was really shocked, actually quite numb. All of a sudden the memories started flowing back from 2000 ... getting the medal put around my neck, and to think that I might not see it again, it really did hit home", he said. He also stated that if the medal was returned, it would go back on display at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.[7]

In 2020, Dunross along with Noel Robins and Graeme Martin were inducted into the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. ^ a b "Dunross, Jamie Barry, OAM". It's an Honour. Retrieved 28 January 2012.
  2. ^ a b Australian Media Guide : 2004 Paralympic Games. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004.
  3. ^ Smith, Neil (23 July 2000). "WA trio go for gold". The Sunday Times. p. 81.
  4. ^ a b "Father gets sailing record" (video). ABC News. 25 July 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  6. ^ Lulham, Amanda (28 October 2000). "Age no barrier for former America's Cup Skipper". The Courier-Mail. p. 38.
  7. ^ a b Powell, Graeme; Bembridge, Courtney (11 August 2016). "Paralympic sailor Jamie Dunross 'shocked' as gold medal stolen in Perth yacht club burglary". ABC News. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  8. ^ "2020 Honourees to the Australian Sailing Hall of Fame announced". Australian Sailing. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 28 October 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)