Claire McLean

Claire McLean (born 4 July 1973)[1] is an Australian Paralympic cyclist and paratriathlete. She represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics when paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympics.[2]

Claire McLean
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team Portrait
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1973-07-04) 4 July 1973 (age 48)
Cottesloe, Western Australia
Medal record
Cycling
Paralympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Women's Bicycle Time Trial LC1-4/CP 3/4
IPC Track and Road World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2006 Aigle Women's Individual Pursuit LC1
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Bordeaux Women's Individual Pursuit LC1
UCI Para Road World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Bogogno Women's Road Time Trial LC1
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Bogogno Women's Road Race LC1
Paratriathlon
ITU Triathlon World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Auckland TRI 4

CareerEdit

McLean was born in Cottesloe, Western Australia in 1973. She damaged her arm in a motor cycle accident when she was nineteen.[3]

She won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Games in the Women's Bicycle Time Trial LC1-4/CP 3/4 event.[4] She has since won several Paracycling World Championship and World Cup medals in the C5 classification.[5]

As a TRI-4 (arm impaired) paratriathlete, she placed 3rd in her first International paratriathlon race, the 2012 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships.[6] At the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series Final in Edmonton, Canada, she finished seventh in the Women's PT4.[7] In January 2015, McLean won the Oceania Paratriathlon Championships PT4 event at th Penrith, New South Wales.[8] McLean finished eighth at the 2015 World Triathlon Series Women's P4 Final in Chicago.[9]

McLean failed to be selected for the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and decided to switch to the new triathlete sport.[3] She did represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics when paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympics.[2]

McLean finished ninth in PT4 at the 2016 Rio Paralympics Games.[10] In reflection on her performance throughout the Paralympics McLean says "Without that big goal I feel a little bit lost. I think everyone needs to have something to aim towards, to seek some sort of personal improvement, whether it’s physically, spiritually, psychologically or just being a good person on a day to day basis. It’s what keeps me going."[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Media guide : Athens 2004 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b "DEBUTANT PARATRIATHLETES PUT ICING ON THE RIO CAKE". Triathlon Australia website. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  3. ^ a b Western Australians Brant Garvey and Claire McLean named in seven-strong Australian Rio para-triathlon squad, 3 August 2016, PerthNow, Retrieved 12 September 2016
  4. ^ "Claire McLean". Paralympic.org. International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Clare McLean". Cycling Australia. Archived from the original on 19 March 2013. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  6. ^ "2012 Barfoot&Thompson World Triathlon Grand Final Auckland : Paratriathlon Female TRI-4 : Results". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Results". 2014 ITU Grand Final Edmonton website. Retrieved 31 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Paratriathletes brave rain swept Neapean to Conquer Oceania Championships". Triathlon Australia News, 13 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  9. ^ "2015 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago : Sep 18 2015 : Women's PT4 : Results". International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  10. ^ "Claire McLean". Rio Paralympics Official Site. Archived from the original on 22 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Claire McLean Faces her fear and now going for gold". Triathlon Australia. Triathlon Australia. Retrieved 18 September 2016.

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