Born with achondroplasia, Claire Keefer has shown incredible promise as a Paralympic thrower since beginning her athletics career at 14.

Claire was delivering a message to her brother’s athletics coach when, on hearing that she didn’t participate in athletics because she couldn’t run, he encouraged her to try throwing.

The following year she began training with a coach who specialised in working with athletes with a disability, and after performing exceptionally well at the 2010 Australian Athletes with a Disability Championships in Canberra, where she would have qualified for the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand had she been older (classification for short stature athletes is determined by the limb length to height ratio, and given her age, she may still have been growing), Claire was thrilled to be invited to join the Open division.

The Withcott local worked hard to improve her technique, and at the …

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Date of birth
15 May 1995
Sport
Para-athletics
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Achondroplasia
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Withcott, QLD
Occupation
Childcare worker
Started competing
2009
First competed for Australia
2011
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in discus at the 2015 IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai, UAE

Greatest sporting moments

Being selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Shot put Classification: F41
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Discus Classification: F41

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