Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Hit by a passing car while training
Date of Birth
February 23, 1989
Narangba, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

His mother and father

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2015 World Championships in the individual time trial

Greatest Moment

Japan, as the underdog, defeating South Africa at the 2015 IRB World Cup


In 2011, Kyle Bridgwood was cycling in Townsville early one morning when he was hit by a car, severing the then 22-year-old’s patella tendon, fracturing his kneecap and resulting in an acquired brain injury that affects his coordination and fine-motor control.

After a three week stint in hospital where his condition was labelled as a multitrauma, Kyle began six months of rehabilitation but never faltered on his passion of cycling.

12 months later, the Army private represented Australia at the 2012 Marine Wounded Warrior Trials, bringing home gold for his country. Motivated by his success, as well as by the sheer number of injured soldiers competing, Kyle dedicated himself to carving out a career as a Para-athlete.

Since being internationally classed as a C4 Para-cyclist, he has dominated the track and the road. He burst onto the national scene claiming time trial and road race silver at the 2015 Road Nationals behind 11-time world champion Michael Gallagher and shortly after, made his international debut at the ICF World Cup in Spain.

In 2015, Kyle competed at the UCI Para-Cycling World Championships in Nottwill, Switzerland where he won gold in the men’s C4 time trial, and backed up his performance shortly after at the UCI World Cup in South Africa, taking out gold in the same event.

Originally from South Africa, Kyle moved to Australia at the age of 11.  With his father having cycled in his native country, it comes as a surprise to many that Kyle did not discover his own love of the sport until he enlisted in the army.

When training for Rio, Kyle turns to German former professional road cyclist Jens Voigt for inspiration. He admires his aggressive riding style, his determination to succeed and improve on his weaknesses in the sport and his overall attitude on life as an athlete.

Nicknamed ‘Bridgy’, Kyle attests his success to sticking to a staunch pre-competition routine. While most cyclists put their race numbers on their bike the night before a race, Kyle insists on placing them on just hours before he rides.

Kyle bases himself on the Sunshine Coast, and when he isn’t training, he loves to spend his spare time watching movies, cooking, learning languages and discovering different cultures through travelling. His favourite movie is Avatar and his favourite television show is Game of Thrones.

Kyle’s ultimate goal in sport and life is to keep it fun and enjoyable.  In ten years time, he hopes to be travelling around the world on his bike.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: 1km time trial Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C4
  • Sport: Cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: C4