Fran Brown

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.

Major Results

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.

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