Having entered the 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Carson, USA without much fanfare, Simone Kennedy produced one of the most remarkable international debuts in recent history, with the Sydney-based Para-cyclist winning gold in the 500m time trial and 3km individual pursuit.

She followed this with a strong Paralympic debut, winning silver in the track individual pursuit C1-3 at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

To most it seemed her success had come from nowhere but these results were the product of years of gruelling training. Born with cerebral palsy hemiplegia affecting the left side of her body, Simone was introduced to Para-sport through her teachers at school.

While her teachers gave her the push she needed to explore opportunities in Para-sport, she says that it was while watching the 2008 Paralympic Games that she set her heart on a career in Paralympic sport. Simone recalls that seeing athletes with …

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Date of birth
4 January 1994
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

How acquired
Ryde, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning silver in the 3km individual pursuit at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London

Greatest sporting moments

The Australian women’s pursuit team winning gold and breaking the world record at the 2015 UCI Track World Championships in Paris

Heroes/role models

Anna Meares


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Individual pursuit Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: 500m time trial Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: C3
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: C3

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