Kieran Modra: The Almanac pays tribute to an Australian Paralympian icon


Just eighteen months ago, the Almanac saluted Australian Paralympian champion Kieran Modra when his biography Kieran Modra: the way I see it was released. Yesterday, this inspirational man was killed in a road accident just north of Adelaide. At age 47, he died doing what he excelled at, is best remembered for and loved – cycling.


Both the public record and his biography reveal the exceptional grit, determination and achievements of this elite athlete and document Kieran’s rightful place in the ranks of Australia’s topshelf sportsmen and women. The biography also takes us behind the scenes to show us the very human side of a challenging early life, the emergence of a humble man who struggled at times to find his place in life, the loving husband and father, the mentor and role model. It’s a raw and honest story.


The Modra family is a large one; they are a tight-knit clan; their joi de vivre is exceptional; they are resilient; their faith is deep. This loss will hit them hard – Kieran was special.


The Footy Almanac team and Almanackers everywhere extend their sincere condolences to Kieran’s wife Kerry and their daughters, as well as the extended Modra and Golding families. May he Rest In Peace.



You can read our review of Kieran’s biography by clicking HERE.



  1. An absolute tragedy, difficult to comprehend. Kieran was so much more than a cyclist and Paralympian. Thoughts and prayers go out to Kerry and her girls, the Modras and the Goldings. Spes nostra in Christo est.

  2. Andrew Thurlow says

    We are all devastated, but our love, thoughts and prayers are with wife Kerry and her girls, Theo and Sylvia, Kieran’s parents (who lost their eldest son to cancer in 2016), Kerry’s Golding family and Kieran’s siblings, Mark and Tania and their families. My wife Marley and I feel privileged to have got close to Kieran and his family during the writing of the book. Only 2 weeks ago he spent the day with us, cycling most of the way here and back, well over 100km. Kieran was a superb athlete, but he endeared himself to all more because of an infectious enthusiasm, a spirit of adventure, resilience in adversity … but most of all he cared about others.
    Thank you Ian for your heartfelt tribute. You know this family well and they appreciate your friendship.

  3. Terribly sad news.
    My sincere condolences to Kieran’s family,
    and also the wider cycling community.

  4. When we consider the things that give sport (and life) true meaning, I think the para-Olympians reside at the top of the tree. The couple I’ve had the good fortune to meet have overcome adversities that would have knocked most of us flat.

    This was terribly sad news yesterday, in a week that has had too much sad news.

    Fine words and sentiments, IJH.

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