In October 1994, 24-year-old Stuart Tripp was involved in a car accident when he veered off the road and into a tree. After spending several weeks in a coma, he woke to discover he had experienced right leg limb loss, head trauma, kidney failure and amnesia.

Overweight and depressed, Stuart was introduced to Para-swimming before transitioning to handcycling in 2003.

Exceeding his own expectations, he made his Paralympic cycling debut at the 2012 London Games, reaching the top 10 in both his races, the road race and time trial.

Although Stuart describes these Games as an incredible experience, he lists his podium finish at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA as the highlight of his career to date. Winning silver here was especially impressive considering he lost a full 40 seconds after veering off course.

Stuart again represented Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and …

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Date of birth
13 June 1970
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right leg limb loss
How acquired
Car accident
Northcote, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Recovering to win silver at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, USA after veering off course

Greatest sporting moments

Having a one-on-one conversation with cyclist Simon Gerrans about what it takes to win big races


  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road race Classification: H5
  • Sport: Para-cycling Discipline: Road time trial Classification: H5

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