Claire Keefer has shown incredible promise as a Paralympic thrower since being discovered by her brother’s athletics coach at 14.

Until then, Claire had avoided the track and field – she could not run, so she did not see the point – but from the moment she first picked up a shot put and discus, her future as a Paralympic champion was sealed.

The following year, Claire began training with a coach who specialised in Para-athletics, and together they began working towards selection to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Although Claire was devastated to be missing the 2011 IPC Athletics World Championships and London 2012 Paralympic Games – F41 athletes under the age of 18 are ineligible to compete – she put all that extra time to good use.

Between 2009 and 2015, Claire worked exceptionally hard to improve her technique, and so by the time the 2015 IPC Athletics …

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Date of birth
5 May 1995
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Achondroplasia
How acquired
South Melbourne, VIC
Childcare worker
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning a bronze medal in the women’s shot put F41 at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning a silver medal in the women’s shot put F41 at the 2017 World Para-athletics Championships in London, England

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley, Valerie Adams

Favourite quote
A person's a person, no matter how small - Dr. Seuss


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

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