Grant Boxall

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Grant Boxall
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 19 July 1976
Attadale, Western Australia
Height 186cm (6'1")
Weight 75kg
Sport
Club Western Australia

Grant Boxall (born 19 July 1976) is an Australian Paralympic wheelchair rugby player.

Personal[edit]

Boxall was born on 19 July 1976.[1] He was injured in a surfing accident near the Western Australian town of Yallingup,[2] The night before the accident, he had promised his girlfriend he would not go surfing, but the following day, he went anyway and took his girlfriend with him.[3] While surfing that day, he hit "his head on a rock hard enough for his neck to break, the vertebrae slicing into his spinal cord, leaving him a quadriplegic."[3] He was rescued by professional surfer Taj Burrow.[3] About two months[4] after he left the hospital, Boxall began playing wheelchair rugby.[2] Prior to becoming disabled, he had little experience playing contact sports like rugby.[4] The sport aided in his recovery process.[4] In 2005, he was working on moving to the United States with his girlfriend in order to continue his career as a wheelchair rugby player.[5] When not competing in sport, he is a sport development officer.[1] In 2008, just before he started dating his fiancé and life partner, he started on a twenty-two month journey to rebuild a "a 1968 Mercedes-Benz fitted with a twin-turbo V8 350 small-block Chevy engine." Grant and Casey had known each other approximately 3 years before he plucked up the courage to invite Casey to lunch. Their 2nd date was going to be a traditional dinner and a movie but Grant mentioned the hot rod and street machine spectacular was being held at Burswood Dome and Casey suggested they get drive through on their way to the Dome. Grant declares that moment was when he knew he would marry her. [6] He paid A$650 for the car and refitted the controls so he could control it using his hands.[6] Grant and Casey spent 2 weeks in Phuket and returned to Perth engaged to be married much to the approval of both families. They then got to work building a ratrod out of a rusted out 1937 Oldsmobile for Casey to do burnouts in with Grant teaching her the finer points, The car was dubbed Ratsh!t and has an LS1 under the bonnet with an interesting combo in the boot. 2 beer kegs for water expansion and fuel tanks and a bottle of Nos is tucked in between them.

Wheelchair rugby[edit]

Boxall started playing wheelchair rugby in 2000 at the age of 24.[4] His player classification is 2.5.[7] In 2002, he was classified as a 3.5 player.[8] In 2004, he was a Queensland Academy of Sport scholarship recipient.[9] In 2008, he was a Western Australian Institute of Sport scholarship recipient.[10]

State team[edit]

Boxall was a member of the Western Australia state wheelchair rugby team, the Black Ducks, in 2005. He started playing for the team in 2000.[4]

National team[edit]

Boxall was selected in the Australian National Team in 2001.[1] Boxall competed in wheelchair rugby events in the United States, South Africa, Sweden and New Zealand and represented Australia in the 2002 and 2006World Championships and the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.[1] He won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event.[11] He was on the Australian team that competed in the 2001 Oceania Zonal Championships that finished first.[1] He was also part of the Australian national side that finished in third at the 2002 World Championships.[1] He was also part of the 2002 team that competed at the World Rugby Challenge in Canada.[8] In 2005, he was part of the Australian team that finished in second at the Oceania Zonal Championships.[1] In 2007, he was part of the team that competed at the Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships.[12] In 2008, he was part of the Australian team that finished first at the Rugby Super Series.[13]

Club rugby[edit]

In 2001, he played club rugby in New Zealand.[1] In 2005 and 2006, he played for Australia's National Wheelchair Rugby League (NWRL).[1] In 2006, he was playing for a Queensland based NWRL team.[14] In 2007, he played club rugby for the first time in the United States.[1] In 2008, he played for the NWRL's West Coast Enforcers, where he was the team's captain.[7]

Recognition[edit]

Boxall has been recognised for his wheelchair rugby performance. In 2001, he was named the Rookie of the year by the National Wheelchair Rugby League.[1] In 2002, he was named the New Zealand Rookie of the Year.[1] In 2005 and 2006, he was recognised as the best in his classification by the National Wheelchair Rugby League.[1] In 2005, he was named the Best in Classification in the New Zealand league.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Grant Boxall". Wheelchair Sports Western Australia. Archived from the original on 17 October 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Tucak, Layla (2 September 2005). "Lifting the profile of wheelchair rugby". Australian Broadcasting Corporating. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Surfer proves a real lifesaver". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, New South Wales). 3 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Tucak, Layla (2 September 2005). "Lifting the profile of wheelchair rugby". Western Australia, Australia: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Brown, Tara (23 October 2005). "Murderball". 60 Minutes. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Gadeke, Kassie (2 September 2010). "A labour of love against the odds". The West Australian. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "Enforcers". Wheelchair Sports Western Australia. 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Pool Update". 2002 WORLD RUGBY CHALLENGE. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Beijing Medalists". Australian Institute of Sport. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Silver for Boxall in Paralympic Play-off". Western Australian Institute of Sport. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  11. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "Australia Qualifies for Beijing Paralympics". Wheelchair Rugby Australia. 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  13. ^ "AUSTRALIA ARE SUPER SERIES CHAMPIONS". Adelaide, South Australia: Wheelchair Sports South Australia. June 2008. p. 6. Retrieved 13 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "NWRL Award History". National Wheelchair Rugby League. 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.