Cyclist Sue Powell made headlines when she won Australia’s first gold medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, claiming victory in the individual pursuit ahead of teammate and bronze medallist Alex Lisney. She describes the win as the highlight of her career and one of the greatest moments of her life to date, followed closely by her silver medal win in the road time trial just days later. Sue did not begin cycling professionally until suffering a seemingly innocuous spinal injury while playing hockey at 40. Injuring her sciatica, the accident caused nerve damage, resulting in weakened strength and movement in her right leg. Having completed a novice racing program with her local cycling club and Paralympic champion Michael Milton years earlier, Sue decided to begin cycling again as a form of rehabilitation. Impressed by her speed, Para-cycling coach Sian Mulholland encouraged her to pursue the sport at an elite… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Spinal cord damage
How acquired
Playing hockey
Date of Birth
May 30, 1967
Canberra, ACT
Environmental scientist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning Australia’s first Paralympic gold at the 2012 Games in London

Greatest Moment

Cathy Freeman winning gold at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Time trial Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Individual pursuit Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Team sprint (mixed) Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Road race Classification: C4
  • Sport: Para-cycling Disciplines: Road time trial Classification: C4