Jaryd Clifford is an 18 year old Paralympian living in Melbourne, Australia. He is an endurance enthusiast, writer and motivational speaker.
Aged 3, he was diagnosed with the visual impairment Juvenile Macular Degeneration, a condition which deteriorated to the point where he became legally blind at the age of 11.
On the track, he made his senior international debut at the 2015 IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar at the age of 16. Placing 7th in the T13 (Vision Impaired Classification) 5000m despite being 8 years younger than any of his competitors.
In 2016, he represented Australia at the Paralympic Games in Rio, Brazil. Racing in the famous race heralded for producing a faster winning time than the Olympic equivalent, the T13 1500m, placing 7th. He backed up this performance a few days later by placing 7th once more in the T13 5000m, a mere 0.01 seconds behind 6th place.
In 2017, he won his first international medal, claiming Bronze in the T13 1500m at the IPC World Championships in London.
Jaryd has managed to hold his own in able-bodied competition as well. Securing Victorian junior state titles over 1500m and 3000m, including the 2017 Victorian State U20 1500m title. He has also medalled in national competition over the same distances.