- April 12, 2016
John Maclean is one of the World’s most inspirational athletes. In 1988, while riding his bicycle as cross training for his professional rugby league career, John was hit from behind by an eight tonne truck, rendering him paralysed and unable to walk.
With a long and painful recovery ahead of him, John’s competitive spirit was always looking to goals far beyond his initial recovery. In 1997 John became the first paraplegic athlete to complete the Hawaii Ironman. In 1998 he swam the English Channel to become the first paraplegic to do so. He represented Australia at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games and for more than 20 years has re-defined what is possible.
The attention of John’s achievements enabled him to establish the John Maclean Foundation with a view to raising funds and supporting young Australian wheelchair users to chase their own dreams.
Kilometres for Kids is a primary fundraising brand for the John Maclean Foundation where John continues to participate in extraordinary feats cycling vast distances, this time alongside members of the corporate and sporting community who, inspired by John and the work of his foundation, raise money for the foundation’s recipients.