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 did incredibly well to place seventh in the road race, one better than London, and win silver in the time trial.
During training the Northcote local is inspired by two-time Australian National Road Race Champion Simon Gerrans, remembering a conversation they had once about what it takes to win big races.
A jack of all trades, Stuart is a qualified plumber and has degrees in science and adult learning and development. He is also an accomplished author, with an autobiography published in 2007.