Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Below knee limb loss
How acquired
Congenital limb deficiency
Date of Birth
April 21, 1994
Lane Cove, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Career Highlights

Winning silver at the 2014 World Championships

Greatest Moment

Watching the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games


Jeremy McGrath first competed for Australia in 2014 at the World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, bringing home silver with fellow 2016 Paralympic athlete Kathleen Murdoch in the LTA Mixed Double Sculls.

Born without his tibia and with a slightly shortened fibula, Jeremy learned to walk with the aid of a prosthesis. As he grew, the prosthesis which had heavy metal braces and straps became increasingly uncomfortable, and limited his mobility.

By the age of 16, Jeremy made the decision to have his right leg amputated below the nee, which allowed him to use a simpler and more streamlined prosthetic leg. Although Jeremy embraced his new found mobility, he found he was no longer able to play soccer, a sport he regarded as his passion.

Inspired by the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeremy began looking at new sporting options and developed an interest in rowing. In December 2012, he joined the Macquarie University rowing team and set himself a goal of becoming the best athlete he could be.

In early 2012, Jeremy attended an APC Paralympic talent search day. With his rowing skills already developing, he was linked up with Balmain Rowing Club and within months, he began competing against other athletes with disabilities.

After enormous success at the 2014 World Championships, Jeremy set himself a new goal of qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Finding a new niche with the help of the APC and Rowing Australia, Jeremy joined the LTA Mixed Coxed Four, and achieved history when they secured victory in the Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta. Rio 2016 will be  the first time Australia will represent in this class at the Paralympic Games.

Jeremy is currently studying occupational therapy at Macquarie University. Having Received so much help from physiotherapists and prosthetists over the years, he hopes to be able to give back to the community by working in the same industry.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Rowing Disciplines: LTA mixed coxed four Classification: LTA - P1