Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Bests macular dystrophy
Sport
Athletics
How acquired
Congenital with onset at 3 years
Date of Birth
July 5, 1999
Home
Greensborough, VIC
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2012
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Kurt Fearnley and Craig Mottram

Career Highlights

Qualifying for the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning gold in the 400m final at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Bio

Diamond Valley young gun, Jaryd Clifford, began to lose his eye sight at the age of three, when he was diagnosed with early-onset vitelliform macular dystrophy.

As a long-distance runner at school, Jaryd competed against able-bodied kids his age at the 2012 Australian National Championships. Although he placed 61st, Jaryd was incredibly proud of his result, as he was one of a only a handful of participants that did not have a coach, nor had he started training properly. Realising his natural ability, Jaryd enlisted in Little Athletics for two seasons before joining the Diamond Valley senior athletics club, where he is now coached by Max Balchin.

Jaryd debuted for Australia at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, where he placed 7th in the 5000m. Although he matched this result at the 2016 Paralympic Games, Jaryd shaved 48.38 seconds off the time, and set an Oceanic record in the 1500m.

During training, Jaryd looks to 2016 Australian Paralympic co-captain Kurt Fearnley for inspiration, whom he admires for his never-say-die attitude.

Jaryd enjoys blogging about his experiences competing on the world stage, and in ten years’ time, hopes to be a Paralympic gold medallist working in radio, advocating for the recognition of Para-sport and people with disabilities.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 1500m Classification: T12
  • Sport: Athletics Disciplines: 5000m Classification: T12