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 achieved 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 …

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Date of birth
25 May 1987
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Vision Impairment – Lebers hereditary optic neuropathy
How acquired
Hereditary condition presented at age 15
Bull Creek, WA
Remedial massage therapist
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Making Athens Paralympic Games 10 months after starting competitive swimming

Greatest sporting moments

When the Paralympic Games were introduced

Heroes/role models

Parents and wife


  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m backstroke Classification: S11
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 100m freestyle Classification: S11
  • Sport: Para-swimming Discipline: 50m freestyle Classification: S11

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