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Fran Brown

Fran Brown fell from a height during work and dislocated three vertebras in her neck. This caused a C4 incomplete spinal cord injury, meaning she is an incomplete tetraplegic and all four limbs are affected.

Love of sport and climbing never stopped

Fran Brown was in a climbing club at her school when she was younger, she loved doing sports.

In 2006, the accident happened, and changed her life due to her incomplete paralysis. What didn't change was her love of sport and climbing.

In 2011, she decided to start climbing again and endeavours to re-learn how to climb with her disability. An advertisement for a Para climbing competition pushed her motivation, she started training for another six months. One year later, in 2012, she won the World Para climbing Championship in the neuro-physical disability class and in 2014 she defended her world champion title in Gijon, Spain.

Successful even in additional types of training

As additional training to climbing, Fran Brown, started to practise swimming. Plus, she was encouraged to try bicycling to keep fit. Because she liked both sports so much, she also learned how to run with crutches and orthoses in order to compete at her first triathlon in 2016.

In the same year, she won the British Para triathlon Championships in the PT2 class and further gold, silver and bronze medals at World and European Championships, in Para cycling as well as in Para triathlon.

She now is focusing on her training for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Key facts

  • Nation: Great Britain
  • Year of birth: 1984
  • Sport: Para Triathlon
  • Classification: PTS2
  • Coach: Bex Milnes
  • Club: London Fields Triathlon Club

Victories and achievements

  • World Triathlon Grand Final, Lausanne 2019:
    • Gold medal in Sprint distance (Swim 750m, Bike 20k, Run 5k)
  • Para Triathlon European Championships, Valencia 2019:
    • Gold medal in Sprint distance
  • World Para Climbing Championship, Gijon 2014:
    • Gold medal in lead climbing
  • World Para Climbing Championship, Paris 2012:
    • Gold medal in lead climbing

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