Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Left above knee limb deficiency
How acquired
Date of Birth
January 9, 1985
Trigg, WA
Professional speaker
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Paralympians Kurt Fearnley and Scott Reardon

Career Highlights

Becoming the first above-knee amputee in Australia to compete in a full Ironman triathlon and in a world record time, only eight months after learning to run and cycle


A talented athlete his whole life, Para-triathlon star Brant Garvey was looking for a new sporting challenge when his sister was diagnosed with three different types of cancer at the young age of 14.

Inspired by her strength and courage while enduring her torturous treatment, Brant made a decision that he would no longer be afraid to take on challenges he thought he would fail. It was then, the 28-year-old congenital above-knee amputee, decided to try running for the first time in his life.

On his first step, his prosthetic leg flew into the air which saw him fall on his face, but the next day he tried again. Each day, he taught himself how to run further, and with his new can-do mentality, found motivation to continue pushing the boundaries of what most would think impossible. He soon began running long distances.

Eventually, Brant burst onto the Para-triathlon scene and made a name for himself internationally. At his first international event, the 2013 Para-triathlon World Championships, he placed sixth and has since kept his insatiable hunger to succeed after surprising himself with his initial result.

As his racing technique developed, Darwin-born Brant became the first Australian above-knee amputee to complete an Ironman triathlon. He also completed the Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7km open water swim five times, and he has placed first in three different World Paratriathlon Events around the world in his ongoing quest to get better and push his body further.

Brant now has his sights set on becoming one of the first Paralympic medallists in the sport when it makes its debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

When training for that podium finish, Brant looks to many Australian Paralympians for inspiration. Three-time Paralympic gold medallist Kurt Fearnley serves as a reminder to Brant that there are no excuses in life, and he loves that they have similar personalities in terms of taking on personal challenges. He also admires Scott Reardon for his dedication to training and striving to be the best athlete he can be.

A multi-talented athlete, Brant has also notched up impressive accolades in competitive swimming and wheelchair basketball. Originally aiming to become a Paralympic swimmer, Brant competed for Australia at Korea’s FESPIC Games in 2002 and during a two-year stint in Canberra, was approached by Paralympic legend Frank Ponta to play wheelchair basketball. Since then, he has won five Australian Wheelchair Basketball Championships with the Perth Wheelcats and played two years of professional wheelchair basketball in Spain.

Outside of sport, Brant Garvey is a professional speaker and also enjoys working with Zero2Hero, an organisation that aims to empower children with mental health issues. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife at the beach, and relaxing at home watching Game of Thrones.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Triathlon Disciplines: Men - PT2 Classification: PT2M