Commonwealth Games Australia mourns the passing of popular Glasgow 2014 team member Kieran Modra OAM.
Kieran, 47, (pictured right with Glasgow teammate Jason Nisbett) passed away after a collision with a car in Adelaide’s north on Wednesday morning. Police are still investigating the incident.
Born with a congenital vision impairment, Kieran represented Australia across three sports at eight Paralympic Games, winning five gold medals and represented Australia at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games where he won two silver medals.
Making his Paralympic debut in athletics at the Seoul 1988 Paralympic Games, Kieran won dual swimming bronze medals at Barcelona 1992.
He began cycling competitively in 1995, winning his first Paralympic gold in Atlanta in 1996, before a dominant performance at the Athens Games in 2004 secured dual gold in the tandem sprint and pursuit, in addition to dual bronze in the tandem road race and time trial.
At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Kieran defended his tandem pursuit in world record time and took home bronze in the time trial.
In December 2011, Kieran was hit by a car and broke two vertebrae in his neck, however, he sensationally rode to a third consecutive Paralympic Games gold in the tandem pursuit less than a year later at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
In addition to his exploits in athletics, swimming and cycling at the Paralympic Games, Kieran won silver medals in in the tandem sprint and tandem time trial para-cycling events at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games with pilot Jason Niblett.
At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, Kieran competed in three events and medalled in one, winning bronze in the time trial.
Kieran as awarded an Order of Australia for his significant service to sport as an athlete representing Australia at the Paralympic Games, and to people who are blind or have low vision.
Since Rio, Kieran has spent time mentoring the next wave of Australian Paralympic athletes and was assisting with the preparations of the team for Tokyo 2020.
Commonwealth Games Australia expresses its deepest sympathies to Kieran’s family, in particular wife Kerry and three daughters Makala, Holly and Janae along with friends and teammates.
With Cycling Australia