Born in 1987 in Perth, Jeremy McClure was an avid water polo and hockey player when he was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy at age 15. Forced to accept the fact that he had become legally blind over the course of ten weeks, he began swimming at his local club in an attempt to continue his sporting dreams. Less than a year after he began competitive swimming, Jeremy qualified for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. He competed in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and 400m freestyle events, and acieved 6th place in the 100m backstroke final. In 2006 and 2007 Jeremy studied remedial massage therapy at the Central Institute of Technology in Perth, and was selected to participate in the Queen’s Baton Relay in the lead up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Jeremy competed in the 100m backstroke, 100m breaststroke and… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Vision Impairment – Lebers hereditary optic neuropathy
Sport
Swimming
How acquired
Hereditary condition presented at age 15
Date of Birth
May 25, 1987
Home
Bull Creek, WA
Occupation
Remedial massage therapist
Started Competing
2003
First Competed for Australia
2004
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Parents and wife

Career Highlights

Making Athens Paralympic Games 10 months after starting competitive swimming

Greatest Moment

When the Paralympic Games were introduced

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m backstroke Classification: S11
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 100m freestyle Classification: S11
  • Sport: Swimming Disciplines: 50m freestyle Classification: S11