John Mclean is proof that anything is possible. His induction into the Hawaiian Ironman Hall of Fame in 2002 is proof of that. John’s life took a tragic turn in 1988 when he was hit by a truck. He suffered multiple breaks to his pelvis and back, a fractured sternum, punctured lungs, a broken arm. John was now a paraplegic. That’s where the story really begins. Before the accident, John was up and comig rugby league player. Since then he’s become so much more.
In the mid-90’s, John made history by becoming the first wheelchair athlete to finish the world’s toughest multi-discipline sporting event – the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon.
Two years later he again finished the race beating a third of the field to become the first ever wheelchair category winner. Then in 2002 John became the first non-American inducted into the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Below are his list of notable accomplishments post-accident (www.johnmaclean.com.au):
2011, Bronze Medal – World Rowing Championship TA2X Division (partner Kathryn Ross), Qualified for London 2012 Paralympic Games
2010, 1st Place, OC2 Outrigger Canoe World Championships, Kaiwi Channel, Molokai to Oahu Hawaii (partner Matt Beals)
2009, Waikiki Roughwater Swim, Hawaii (1st PC Athlete), Ironman Western Australia 2009 Finisher
2008 Silver Medal, Beijing Paralympic Games – TA2X Adaptive Rowing Gold Medal – Paralympic Test Event, Givarate, Italy – TA2X Adapative Rowing
2007 Australian Rowing Team for Rowing World Championships in Munich Germany Silver Medal – World Rowing Championships TA2X Division (Partner Kathryn Ross)
2006 Ultraman World Championships
2005 Completed Molokai Challenge. (First Wheelchair athlete in the world Ironman Western Australia (WR Team Time) 7Hrs 20 Minutes (Henk Vogels/Ky Hurst)
2004 National Handcycling Champion – Road Race and Time Trial Ironman Western Australia, One Hour PB, 11hrs18min, 1st PC Athlete English Channel Support Swimmer (David Knight)
2003 National Handcycling Champion – Road Race Australian Representative at World Cycling Championships (Handcycling) Prague
2002 Inducted into the Hawaiian Ironman Hall of Fame Completed Kilometres for Kids (2002 Km handcycle ride from Brisbane to Melbourne) National Handcycling Champion (Time Trial and Road Race)
2001 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race (Grinder Team Aspect – 12th Overall and 2nd in division) Awarded Australian Sports Medal
2000 Received Order of Australia (OAM) Member of the Australian Olympic Team (Finalist 1500m Wheelchair Race) Australian Paralympic Team (Competed in the 1500m, 5000m, 10000m and Marathon
1999 Selected as part of “Team 2000” train-on squad Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games 1998 First Wheelchair Athlete to successfully swim the English Channel
1997 First Wheelchair Athlete to complete all “able-bodied” cut off times at Hawaii Ironman Crowned ITU World Triathlon Champion, Perth (Physically Challenged Category
1996 Crowned ITU World Triathlon Champion, Cleveland (Physically Challenged Category) Hawaiian Ironman Finisher
1995 First Wheelchair Athlete to complete the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon Australian Train-on squad – wheelchair basketball
1994 Completed Nepean Triathlon becoming Australia’s first wheelchair triathlete