2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Tripp
13 June 1970 |
Road Time Trial
Tripp was born on 13 June 1970 in Traralgon, Victoria. His right leg was amputated following a 1994 car accident that had left him in a coma for several weeks after the initial accident. The accident happened when he was 23 years old and also resulted in both his legs being broken. Neither drugs nor alcohol were causes and his seatbelt helped save his life. Following his accident, he turned to alcohol and smoking cigarettes as a form of coping but he eventually stopped using both.
Tripp has competed in the New York City Marathon in the handcycle class. As of 2016[update], he lives in Northcote, Victoria. He is a husband and father and when not training or spending time with his kids he also visits schools where he acts as a motivational speaker for youngsters.
Tripp is an H5 classified cyclist. He uses a hand cycle, and believes cycling helped save his life following his accident, taking up the sport on the recommendation of psychologist at a time when he was smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
Tripp participated in the Victorian event in the 2012 Australian National Handcycle Series. With a time of 21:04, he finished first in the H4 event. Stuart Tripp, Alex Welsh, and Kiwi Tiffiney Perry competed together as a team in a relay race at an Australian cycling event. At the 2012 London Paralympics he had two top ten placings.  
At the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road Championships in Greenville, North Carolina, he finished fifth in the Men's Time Trial H5 and sixth in the Men's Road Race M5. Tripp won a silver medal in Men's Time Trial H5 at the 2014 UCI World Cup held in - Cantimpalos, Spain. In 2015 Tripp broke his arm during a riding accident and that prevented him from participating in the 2015 World Championships in Notwill, Switzerland and a World Cup event in Germany. This had serious potential consequences for a position in the 2016 Australian Paralympic Cycling Team.
- Walsh, Scott (30 May 2016). "Five-time gold medallist Kieran Modra facing unusual 'first' in storied Paralympics career". Adelaide Advertiser. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 (1970-06-13). "Coles and VIS present Gateway to London | Stuart Tripp | Paralympic Athletes". Vis.org.au. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Stuart Tripp". Cycling.org.au. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Seedy, Kimberley (2011-09-29). "Champion shares story with Monbulk students — People — News — Free Press Leader". Free-press-leader.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Mcgauran, Catherine (2012-04-26). "One man's journey to the Olympics — Local News — Sport — Cycling". Latrobe Valley Express. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Stuart Tripp". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012.
- "MMG". MMG. 2012-03-02. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Paralympics in sight for Alex". The Star. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Australia names paralympic squad : SBS Cycling Central | Cycling News and Results | Video Highlights". Sbs.com.au. 2012-06-13. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Stuart Tripp". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Official Results Book -2014 UCI Para-cycling Road Championships" (PDF). UCI website. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Men Elite UCI World Cup - Cantimpalos (ESP/CDM) H5 - Time Trial". UCI website. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Stuart Tripp". Rio Paralympics Official Site. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
- "2017 UCI Para-cycling World Championships wrap". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
- "Stuart Tripp". Victorian Institute of Sport website. Retrieved 2 June 2016.
- "Mighty Mack wins Award of Excellence". Victorian Institute of Sport website. Retrieved 1 December 2016.