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Claire Keefer



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Partner Nina Kersten
Melbourne, VIC, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics in 2009 at age 14 in Toowoomba, QLD, Australia.
Why this sport?
Her brother's athletics coach encouraged her to take up throwing. "My brother was into running at the time and I had to go tell his coach he was sick. Then he asked why I didn't do some sort of athletics event."
Name of coach
John Eden [personal], AUS
Training Regime
She throws three times a week.

International debut

Competing for
World Championships
Doha, QAT

General interest

Camping, outdoor activities. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a bronze medal in the women's F41 shot put at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and winning a silver medal in the same event at the 2017 World Championships in London, England. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019;, 31 Jul 2019;, 31 Dec 2016)
Hero / Idol
Australian Para athlete Kurt Fearnley, New Zealand shot putter Valerie Adams. (, 31 Jul 2019)
She underwent back surgery when she was age 12, and has suffered from chronic back pain throughout her career. (, 05 May 2020;, 01 Jan 2016)
Awards and honours
In 2016 Australian newspaper The Toowoomba Chronicle named her the Best Athlete of the Darling Downs region in Queensland, Australia. (, 31 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives
Her partner Nina Kersten has played Para badminton for New Zealand and won silver in women's SS6 doubles at the 2015 World Championships in Stoke Mandeville, England. (, 05 May 2020; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 11 Jan 2019)
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (, 31 Jul 2019)
She was born with achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (, 01 Jan 2017)
Other information
Despite achieving results that would have qualified her for the 2011 World Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, and the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, she was unable to compete at either competition due to her age. In her classification group, athletes had to be age 18 to compete regardless of their results, with classification determined by height and limb length and athletes under age 18 may still be growing. "It's really frustrating because I put in the work and my goal was the world champs first up, and then I got told I wasn't going." (, 04 Dec 2010)


Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final 1 2015-10-23 4
Women's Shot Put F41 Final 1 2015-10-26 3
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F41 Final Round 2016-09-09 3
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final Round 2016-09-15 7
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F41 Final 1 2017-07-19 2