Tamworth-born Erin Cleaver was diagnosed with right-sided hemiparesis, a form of cerebral palsy, when she was one-year-old. First competing in athletics as a student at Barraba Central School in northern New South Wales, it was during a routine visit with her specialist at the time, Dr Kevin Lowe, that she was encouraged to pursue athletics as a recognised athlete with a disability. Competing as a T38-classified athlete at the 2013 NSW Combined High Schools Athletics Carnival, she took home gold in each of the four events she entered – 100m, 200m, long jump and javelin. In little over two years, and under the guidance of Newcastle-based sprint and jump coach, Shaun Fletcher, Erin debuted for Australia at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar. There she landed a personal best of 4.45m, earning a fourth place finish among the world’s top long jump contenders. She also competed in… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Cerebral Palsy
Sport
Para-athletics
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
February 6, 2000
Home
Charlestown, NSW
Occupation
Student
Started Competing
2013
First Competed for Australia
2015
Games Experience

Rio 2016

Heroes

Kurt Fearnley and Max Debnam

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar and the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Being awarded bronze alongside her 4x100m relay teammates at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-athletics Disciplines: Long jump Classification: T38
  • Disciplines: 4x100m relay Classification: T38