Sport has always played an immense role in the life of star Para-cyclist Alistair Donohoe, and not even an accident at 15 which almost cost him his right arm was going to stop him from chasing his dream of becoming an elite sportsman.

However, that accident – Alistair jumped from a tree into a creek, and a rope swing wrapped around his arm, severing his bicep and tricep – rendered him eligible for Paralympic sport, and after relocating to Melbourne to train with the Victorian cycling team, Alistair met Australian Para-cyclist Michael Gallagher, who encouraged him to pursue a career in Para-cycling.

Alistair made his World Championships debut at the 2013 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) Para-cycling Road World Championships in Baie-Comeau, Canada, where he won his first of 20 world medals to date, and made his Paralympic debut in 2016, where he won a pair of silver medals in the …

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Date of birth
3 March 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Bicep and tricep trauma
How acquired
Rope swing accident
Clifton Hill, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a gold medal in the men’s road race C5 at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland

Greatest sporting moments

Cadel Evans winning the 2011 Tour de France

Heroes/role models

Cadel Evans, Richie Porte

Favourite quote
Just be bloody normal


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: C5
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: C5
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Team sprint Classification: C5
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Time trial Classification: C5

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