Todd's on top of the world - Tasmania's Paralympics success Sat 8 September 2012 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Sport and Recreation The Minister for Sport and Recreation, Michelle O'Byrne, today congratulated Tasmania's Todd Hodgetts on winning gold at the London Paralympics in the shot put. "This is a magnificent performance by Todd at his first major international meet and he did it in style with a world-record throw," Ms O'Byrne said. "Paralympic gold is the ultimate prize for Todd and it is a fitting tribute to his hard work and commitment. "It is a dream come true for the whole state and in particular his home city of Launceston. "Todd qualified for London with a world record throw and then showed he could perform at his best when it mattered most. "At only 24, Todd has years of top flight competition ahead of him and we'll continue to follow his career with great anticipation. "This is a proud moment in Tasmanian sport and hopefully it will inspire more potential Paralympic athletes to pursue their dreams." Todd is supported through the Tasmanian Institute of Sport track and field program who have been able to help with Todd's coaching and training expenses whilst he has been based in Canberra during the qualification and Paralympic preparation phase.