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Jeremy McClure

Swimming

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Classification
S11, SB11, SM11

Further personal information

Residence
Perth, WA, AUS
Occupation
Massage Therapist
Languages
English
Higher education
Massage Therapy - Central Institute of Technology: Perth, WA, AUS

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began competing in 2003.
Why this sport?
He played water polo before he lost his vision, and wanted a different sport to play. "I didn't enjoy swimming as a kid, but once I lost my sight and water polo became too dangerous, I decided to swim."
Club / Team
South Shore Swimming Club: Australia
Name of coach
Chris Twomey [club], AUS

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Australia

General interest

Most influential person in career
His parents, and his wife. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Hero / Idol
His sisters. (paralympic.org.au, 29 Jun 2012)
Awards and honours
In 2018 he was inducted into the Rottnest Channel Swim Association [RCSA] Hall of Fame for completing the Rottnest channel swim, a 19.7km open water swim off the coast of Perth, WA, Australia. (rottnestchannelswimassociation.com.au, 08 Dec 2018)

He received the 2011 Paul Goodman Memorial Award for Courage. (Facebook page, 22 Jul 2014)

He received the 2010 Pride of Australia Courage Award. (Facebook page, 22 Jul 2014)

He participated in the Queen's Baton Relay in the lead-up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. (paralympic.org.au, 2016)
Other sports
He has represented Australia in Para triathlon and finished eighth at the 2013 World Championships in London, England. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Apr 2020)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (communitynews.com.au, 17 Sep 2018)
Impairment
He began to lose his sight at age 15 as a result of Leber's hereditary optic neuropathy. (Facebook page, 24 Aug 2016)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a remedial massage therapist in Australia. "I was quite interested in health and the body so I went to study personal training, which led to an interest in remedial massage." (swimming.org.au, 15 Sep 2019; trinity.wa.edu.au, 28 Mar 2019)

CHANGE OF CLASSIFICATION
In 2015 his impairment classification was changed from S12 to S11 due to worsening vision. "Dropping down to S11 means I have to race with blacked out goggles because I'm also competing against guys that are totally blind. That does slow me down a bit but if I can get back to my best ever time that would be a world record." (communitynews.com.au, 09 Aug 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 3 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 6
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 7
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 2 4
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 2 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 1 7
IPC Swimming World Championships Durban 2006 (Durban, South Africa)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heats 5
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 5
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heats 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Final Round 6
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heats 11
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Heat 1 2012-09-05 4
Men's 100 m Backstroke S12 Final Round 2012-09-05 8
Men's 50 m Freestyle S12 Heat 3 2012-09-07 6
Men's 100 m Breaststroke SB12 Heat 1 2012-09-08 7
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Heat 2 2016-09-09 1
Men's 100 m Backstroke S11 Final Round 2016-09-09 5
Men's 50 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-12 7
Men's 100 m Freestyle S11 Heat 1 2016-09-15 6