In 2011 Kyle Bridgwood was cycling in Townsville when he was hit by a car, severing the then 22-year-old’s patella tendon, fracturing his kneecap and resulting in an acquired brain injury affecting his coordination and fine motor control.

After spending three weeks in hospital Kyle began a six-month rehabilitation stint, and a year later he represented Australia at the 2012 Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Trials in California, USA, where he won gold.

Motivated by his success, as well as by the number of injured soldiers competing at the Trials, Kyle began working towards carving out a career as a Para-cyclist.

Since being internationally classified as a C4 Para-athlete, Kyle has dominated the cycling circuit. After bursting onto the national scene to claim silver in the time trial and road race at the 2015 Cycling Australia Para-cycling Road National Championships behind 11-time world champion Michael Gallagher, he competed at the UCI …

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Date of birth
23 February 1989
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Acquired brain injury
How acquired
Car accident
Narangba, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold in the time trial at the 2015 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland

Greatest sporting moments

Underdog Japan defeating South Africa in the 2015 Rugby World Cup final

Heroes/role models

His mum and dad


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 1km time trial Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: C4

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