Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Nerve damage
How acquired
Motorbike accident
Date of Birth
July 4, 1975
Cottesloe, WA
Legal advisor
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2006 Para-cycling Road World Championships

Greatest Moment

Winning gold at the 2006 Para-cycling Road World Championships


The only 2016 Australian Para-triathlon team member with Paralympic experience, Claire McLean has transferred her talent and skills in cycling to her new sport.

When Claire was 19-years-old, she was involved in a motorbike accident which left her with a paralysed arm. While it took some time to adjust to life with one working arm, she decided to focus on her passion for sport and hasn’t looked back since.

Having developed a fondness for cycling after watching the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games, Claire felt it was only natural she start training and competing, and didn’t waste any time making her presence felt on the track and road.

In her first year of competition, she won gold in the road time trial at the 2003 European Cycling Championships. Following the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, where she proudly won silver in the women’s time trial, she went on to win gold in the road race at the 2006 World Championships, the apex of Claire’s sporting career to date. She says this event was her favourite as it was a true test of strength and character.

The success Claire has achieved in sport has allowed her to be recognised by many sporting institutions and receive their official accolades. She was named UWA Sports Star of the Year in 2005 and the WAIS Disabled Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Having long participated in the sport of triathlon recreationally, Claire took the leap to compete at an international level in 2012, after missing out on selection for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Cycling Team. A PT4 athlete in her new sport, Claire placed third in her first ever international race, which happened to be the 2012 ITU Para-triathlon World Championships. With confidence behind her, Claire made it her personal aim to reach the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in her new sport.

The decorated veteran has long based her schedule around her sporting career, striking balance between work as a legal advisor, life and training. She periodically goes mountain biking with her husband but, even in this setting, maintains a professional approach. She describes herself as a “homebody: and enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs.


Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Triathlon Disciplines: Women - PT4 Classification: PT4W