Some of Darren’s earliest and fondest memories are of riding bikes. From age 10 to 29 BMX was his chosen discipline and it was a love that never wavered.

However, a motor vehicle accident in 2014 changed all of that. Darren suffered severe leg and neck trauma, his right leg was amputated above the knee, his left leg was fractured and his C2 vertebra was so severely broken it required a surgical fixation. His BMX dreams were over.

After a hard and at times very dark three months after the accident, Darren rode a bike again for the first time – only this time as an amputee using a prosthetic leg.

In April 2015, Darren competed for the first time as a Para-athlete. However, after losing by 50 minutes in his first race, and 41 minutes in his second, this first foray into Para-cycling proved short-lived.

A chance meeting six …

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Date of birth
23 December 1984
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Above knee amputee
How acquired
Motor vehicle accident
Happy Valley, SA
Athlete, Speaker, Mentor
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Breaking the 3km IP World record by 6 seconds in 2019

Greatest sporting moments

Winning silver at his first World Championships

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley, Judith Green

Favourite quote
"You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have" - Bob Marley


  • Sport: Para-cycling Classification: C2

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