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Nathan is a former Australian World Champion, four-time Olympian, Olympic Bronze Medal, and Commonwealth Gold Medal race walker. Nathan is also a qualified lawyer and Athletics Australia Ethics Committee member and former Board member.

Nathan is Australia's best and most successful race walker. He was named the 2006 Australian Male Athlete of the year, Australia's most prestigious sporting award across all sports.

He won a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and is a four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist. He won gold in the 20 km walk and 50 km walk events at both the 2002 Manchester Games and the 2006 Melbourne Games, becoming the first man to win both the 20 km and 50 km walks at two consecutive Commonwealth Games. He also won bronze medals at the 1998 Kuala Lumpur Games and the 1996 World Junior Championships. He was also among the leading duo at the Athens Olympics in the 50 km walk, until being disqualified. He won the gold medal at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka in the 50 km walk. Nathan was crowned 2004 and 2007 Telstra Male Athlete of the Year for the second time.

Nathan retired from the sport officially in February 2013 and now works as a Judge’s Associate for Justice Refshauge in the ACT Supreme Court. Nathan completed a double degree in Banking & Finance and Law (Honours) at the University of Canberra, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. He is finishing his Masters in Sports Law at Melbourne University.

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