Deahnne McIntyre

Deahnne McIntyre

Quick Facts

Spina bifida
How acquired
Date of Birth
Wed, 09/06/1971
Conder, ACT
Public servant
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Best World Rank
Games Experience
Seoul 1988, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008
Carl Lewis
Career Highlights
1 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze at Seoul 1988 in athletics, 5th at 2000 and 2004 Paralympics in powerlifting
Greatest Moment
Gold medal at the 1988 Paralympics with her family present in the crowd


One of Australia’s few female powerlifters, Deahnne McIntyre trains at the ACT Academy of Sport under the guidance of national coach, Ray Epstein. She is serious and committed to her sport and is also highly successful. Deahnne holds the Australian record lifting 137.5kg.

Originally competing in athletics and then lawn bowls, Deahnne switched to powerlifting just before the Sydney Games as it was the first time females were allowed to compete in the sport. Deahnne experienced much success in athletics. During the Seoul Games, she won a gold medal in the 200m, silver in the 400m and the 4x400m relay and a bronze in the 100m. All this and she still had the stitches from having her appendix out four days before her first event. She is pleased with her latest results, finishing fourth in the over 82.5kg division at the Beijing Games. Deahnne was thrilled about making the Australian team and believes competing and recording her best ever Paralympic powerlifting result was the icing on the cake.

One of her proudest moments was being named the 1985 Young Australian of the Year. She was also the first person to win a gold medal for the ACT when she competed in the Pacific School Games. Deahnne is now a Pacific School Games ambassador and believes it is important for kids to have role models. She feels that if she can inspire young kids with disabilities to see that anything is possible, then her job is done.

She currently works as a contracts officer with the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and plans to continue training.

Deahnne retired from powerlifting in January, 2011.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Powerlifting
Disciplines: Over 82.5kg