Quick Facts

Vision Impairment – Juvenile optic atrophy
How acquired
Date of Birth
March 27, 1972
Hallet Cove, SA
Teacher support
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens

Greatest Moment

Winning the able-bodied Australian All Schools pole vault competition in 1989


Five-time Paralympic gold medallist Kieran Modra is one of the most respected members of the Australian cycling team. A pioneer in tandem cycling, Kieran has competed in three sports at eight Paralympic Games spanning nearly three decades.

Making his Paralympic debut in 1988, Kieran represented Australia in athletics, placing 6th in javelin behind Rio 2016 Teammate and gold medallist Russell Short.

Swimming to aid his recovery from a knee injury, Kieran became so good that he was selected to compete at the 1992 Paralympic Games in Barcelona, where he won bronze in the 100m and 200m backstroke.

Kieran began cycling competitively in 1995, winning his first Paralympic gold the following year.

This was followed by a dominant performance at Athens 2004, where he won gold in the track sprint tandem B1-3 and track individual pursuit tandem B1-3, as well as bronze in the road race/time trial tandem B1-3. A just reward for a stellar 12 months, the APC named Kieran its Male Paralympian of the Year.

His Beijing campaign equally impressive, Kieran won gold in the track individual pursuit B VI 1-3 in world record time and bronze in the track 1km time trial B VI 1-3.

In December 2011 the Hallet Cove local collided with a car and broke two vertebrae in his neck, severely hampering his preparations for London 2012 Games. Despite this setback, he still managed to win gold in the track individual pursuit B, achieving the rare feat of gold in the same event at three consecutive Paralympic Games.

At Rio 2016, Kieran competed in three events and medalled in one, winning bronze in the time trial B

However, his talents are not restricted to sport, also gifted in tatting, crocheting, and movie editing. Kieran also enjoys beach kite surfing and watching James Bond films.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: B3
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: B3
  • Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: B3