Quick facts

Birthdate

September 30, 1994

Birthplace

West Vancouver, BC

Residence

West Vancouver, BC

Sport

Para Cycling

Para Swimming

Experience

Rio 2016

Santiago 2023

Toronto 2015

Nathan Clement has returned to the international Para sport scene, this time in Para cycling. He is now a world champion.

Clement won the gold medal in men’s T1 (tricyclist) time trial road event at the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships held in Glasgow, Scotland and added a bronze in the road race.

Later in 2023, he took gold in the T1-2 time trial and bronze in the road race at the Parapan American Games.

The West Vancouver resident made a spectacular debut in the sport in 2022. He grabbed silver medals in the time trial and road race in his international debut on the World Cup circuit in Quebec City. Then that same month, he repeated the exploit at the 2022 Para Cycling Road World Championships held in Baie-Comeau, Que.

Clement was initially a Para swimmer and competed at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio. He retired from the sport in 2018. In 2020 he did a 1,000 km trek on his bike through B.C., and it ignited his competitive passions again. Thus began his Para cycling journey, though injuries to his hip and ankle set him back months in his development.

At the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, he finished 7th in the 50m butterfly (Canadian record) and 18th in the 50m freestyle.

Clement’s first career international medal came at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with a bronze in the 50m butterfly. A few weeks earlier, he had gained valuable experience as a member of Team Canada at the world championships.

At age 15, Clement took swimming lessons to help him regain mobility in his left side after suffering a stroke caused by chicken pox at age two.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Gold in time trial and bronze in road race at 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships and 2023 Parapan American Games… Two silver medals at 2022 Para cycling road world championships… Canadian record in 50-m butterfly at 2016 Paralympic Games… 2015 Parapan American Games and IPC World Championships in Para swimming.

PERSONAL

Clement’s mother is a triathlete while his father also competed in the Ironman and was a high level rugby and hockey player at the Ontario provincial level. He also has a brother in hockey and his sister is a gymnast… Had a stroke at age two which caused him to lose mobility on one side of his body…. Studying broadcast and online journalism at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

Para cycling

2023 Parapan American Games time trial 1st

2023 Parapan American Games road race 3rd

2023 World Championships time trial 1st

2023 World Championships road race 3rd

2022 World Championships time trial 2nd

2022 World Championships road race 2nd

Para swimming

2016 Paralympic Games 7th 50-m butterfly

2015 Parapan American Games 3rd 50-m butterfly

2015 Parapan American Games 7th 50-m freestyle

2015 IPC World Championships 17th 50-m butterfly