Fran Brown joined the National Lottery Funded World Class Performance Programme in 2017 having won a bronze medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. She is a two-time former Para Climbing world champion.
Fran enjoyed cycling and swimming as cross training for her previous sport of paraclimbing. When she retired from that, she took part in a couple of long distance triathlons in a wheelchair for fun, and then found out about paratriathlon, which required her to run without the use of a chair based on her classification.
She initially ran with crutches and then found braces that allowed her to run without them. She competed in the 2016 national championships and applied for British Triathlon's Tri4Tokyo talent initiative.
Fran has a c4 spinal cord injury, meaning she is an incomplete tetraplegic and all four limbs are affected. Following her injury, which was sustained in an industrial accident, she returned to climbing and competed for the GB Para Climbing team for four years, becoming world champion in 2012 and 2014.
Fran has consistently been on the podium for the last three years and 2019 was no different. Celebrating a golden September, she placed 1st at both the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne and the European Championships in Valencia. This followed two silver medals at the Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series and the Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup.
|14th Sep 2019||2019 Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships||1st|
|1st Sep 2019||2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne||1st|
|17th Aug 2019||2019 Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup||2nd|
|28th Jun 2019||2019 Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal||DNS|
|18th May 2019||2019 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series||2nd|
|15th Sep 2018||2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast||2nd|
|19th Jul 2018||2018 Tartu ETU Triathlon European Championships||1st|
|30th Jun 2018||2018 Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series||2nd|
|12th May 2018||2018 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series||3rd|
|15th Sep 2017||2017 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Rotterdam||3rd|
|28th Jul 2017||2017 Edmonton ITU World Paratriathlon Series||3rd|
|16th Jun 2017||2017 Kitzbühel ETU Triathlon European Championships||2nd|
Fran was born in Truro, Cornwall. She now lives in London and works as a Physiotherapist and a percussionist and session musician. She is coached by British Triathlon coach, Steve Casson.