After winning a Paralympic medal on debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, there’s no telling which bucket list item Erin Cleaver will tick off next.

Having found her start in Para-athletics three years earlier, it took Erin and her coach, Shaun Fletcher, just over 24 months to achieve selection to her first Australian team – competing at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, no less.

Erin placed fourth in the women’s long jump T38 and fifth in the women’s 100m T38. She also contested the women’s 4 x 100m relay T35-T38 with Ella Pardy, Isis Holt and Jodi Elkington-Jones, who were disqualified for a baton change outside the takeover zone.

Returning to the world stage in 2016, the women’s 4 x 100m relay T35-T38 team were determined not to make the same mistake twice. Three clean baton changes later and Erin had won her first Paralympic …

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Date of birth
6 February 2000
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Charlestown, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar

Greatest sporting moments

Winning four gold medals from four events at her first ever Para-athletics competition

Heroes/role models

Kurt Fearnley and Max Debnam


  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: Long jump Classification: T38
  • Sport: Para-athletics Discipline: 4 x 100m relay Classification: T38

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