The only 2016 Australian Para-triathlon team member with Paralympic experience, Claire McLean first began competing in cycling in 2003.

In her first year of competition she won gold in the road time trial at the UEC European Road Championships in Athens, Greece. After making her Paralympic debut the following year at the Athens 2004 Games, where she proudly won silver in the road time trial, Claire went on to win gold in the road race at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships in Salzburg, Austria. She lists this achievement as her greatest to date, explaining that it was a true test of her strength and character.

Having long participated in triathlon recreationally, the 2005 UWA Sports Star of the Year and 2007 WAIS Disabled Athlete of the Year began competing at an international level in 2012 after missing out on selection for the London 2012 Games.

As a PT4-classified athlete, …

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Date of birth
4 July 1975
Sport
Para-triathlon
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Nerve damage
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Residence
Cottesloe, WA
Occupation
Legal advisor
Started competing
2012
First competed for Australia
2003
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the 2006 UCI Road World Championships in Salzburg, Austria

Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-triathlon

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