Para-triathlon star Brant Garvey was inspired by his kid sister’s strength and courage while undergoing treatment for three different types of cancer, when he decided to try running for the first time at 28.

Falling flat on his face, he returned the next day, and the next, each day managing to run a little further. Driven by his new can-do mentality, Brant continued to push the boundaries of what he and others thought was possible, bursting onto the Para-triathlon scene in 2013 to place sixth in his first international event.

As his racing technique developed, Darwin-born Brant became the first Australian above-knee amputee to complete an Ironman Triathlon, and has completed the Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7km open water swim, five times to date.

With his sights set on becoming one of the first to medal in Para-triathlon at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Garvey was unfortunate to place 10th …

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Date of birth
9 January 1985
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right above-knee limb deficiency
How acquired
Trigg, WA
Motivational speaker
Started competing
Sport career highlights

Becoming the first above-knee amputee in Australia to complete an Ironman Triathlon

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley and Scott Reardon


  • Sport: Para-triathlon Classification: PTS2

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