About Me


Name: Fran Brown

AGE: 31

I am an C4 incomplete tetraplegic following a spinal cord injury.

Climbing: I have competed as part of the GB para climbing team and am a two time World Para Climbing Champion. I have won 10 world para climbing cup events in both route climbing and bouldering.  I am an experienced route setter and enjoy guest setting alongside my training. I work as a climbing coach and performance program developer, coaching a number of able-bodied athletes across the UK. 

I am also passionate about outdoor climbing specialising in sport climbing and bouldering although I grew up climbing trad routes in Cornwall. Over the last two years I have focused on outdoor climbing, pushing the boundaries of access in the outdoors and have successfully become the first wheelchair user to boulder V9 and lead 8a outdoors.

I am kindly sponsored by The Arch climbing wall and SCARPA UK.

Percussion: I work as a professional percussionist playing both tuned and latin percussion. I have played on several shows, performed with the British Para Orchestra and am an accomplished session player. I also play an adapted drum kit and work to advise other disabled drummers on how to adapt their instruments. I have a diploma in music and a Bachelor of Arts from the Open University. 


I am currently in my final year of study for a degree in physiotherapy.

I compete as part of the GB Adaptive surfing team and i’m training for Iron distance triathlons. I volunteer as journalist for the International Paralympic Committee where I am the current para rowing correspondent.

In my limited spare time I am available for and experienced in motivational and after dinner speaking having given a number of talks and presentations to both companies and institutions over the past 5 years.