Cody Meakin

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Cody Meakin
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Meakin
Personal information
Nationality Australian
Born (1989-12-27) 27 December 1989 (age 24)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Residence Brisbane, Queensland
Sport
Country  Australia
Sport Wheelchair rugby

Cody Meakin, OAM (born 27 December 1989) is a wheelchair rugby player. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair rugby.

Personal[edit]

Cody Meakin was born on 27 December 1989 in Darwin, Northern Territory.[1][2] Growing up, he played rugby union for the Casuarina Cougars and Australian rules football with the Waratahs under-14 side.[2] While playing rugby union as part of a tackle during a scrum, he broke his back.[1] In 2008, as a high school student at Canberra Grammar School he was in a car accident in Tennant Creek. In the accident, he damaged his spine leaving him with quadriplegia.[1][2] In order to receive the best treatment possible for the injury, his parents made the decision to move from Darwin to Adelaide.[1] Most of his high school classmates elected to walk to their year 12 formal in their formal attire, and donated the thousands of Australian dollars they would have otherwise spent on transportation to help defray costs for Meakin's rehabilitation.[1][3] In 2012, he was living in Brisbane.[2]

Wheelchair rugby[edit]

Meakin is a 2.5 point wheelchair rugby player[1] who took up wheelchair rugby in 2010[1] during rehabilitation for his spinal injury.[2]

In 2010, Meakin was a member of Gold Coast Wheelchair Rugby Titans in the National Wheelchair Rugby League,[4] and finished the season by being named the league's best new talent.[5] He was still with the team in 2012.[6]

Meakin played in the Queensland 2011 Wheelchair Rugby State Championships.[7]

Meakin made his Australia national wheelchair rugby team debut in 2011 at the Great Britain Cup.[1] He competed at the 2012 Canada Cup where he wore shirt number 8.[8] In May 2012, he participated in a test series against Japan in Sydney.[9] He was the newest and least experienced member of the Australian national team in the competition. In the fourth game won by Australia with a score of 47 – 44, he scored two goals.[10] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair rugby.[1] Going into London, his team was ranked second in the world behind the United States.[11] Prior to departing for London, he participated in a national team training camp in Darwin in late July.[12] He was part of the team that won the gold medal.[13] The Australian team went through the five day tournament undefeated.[14]

He was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2014 Australia Day Honours "for service to sport as a Gold Medallist at the London 2012 Paralympic Games."[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Cody Meakin". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Butterworth, Ian (2012-05-15). "Cody fired up for golden opportunity". Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia: NT News. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  3. ^ "The Canberra Times, Australia: Grammar grads ditch limos for absent mate". The Canberra Times. 2008-11-27. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ "Wheelchair Rugby Australia — Teams". Rugby.sports.org.au. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ "NWRL Award History — National Wheelchair Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Jetstar Gold Coast Titans Wheelchair Rugby Team". Sportingwheelies.org.au. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ "2011 Wheelchair Rugby State Championships". Sportingwheelies.org.au. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ "Meakin | Coupe Canada Cup 2012". Canadacupwcrugby.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ Michelmore, Karen (2012-05-04). "Australia's Steelers smash and crash their way to London -". ABC Sydney — Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ "International Wheelchair Rugby Federation : IWRF News". IWRF. 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ "Hose realises London dream". Camperdown Chronicle. 2012-05-08. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ "Wheelchair Rugby — Darwin Exhibition Match". 104.1 Territory FM. 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Mixed Wheelchair Rugby - Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Batt stars as Australia win gold". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014.