Ryley Batt

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Ryley Batt
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Ryley Batt in 2007
Personal information
Born (1989-05-22) 22 May 1989 (age 25)
Sport
Sport Wheelchair rugby
Disability class 3.5
Team Australian Steelers (2003–current)
Updated on 26 August 2014.

Ryley Batt, OAM (born 22 May 1989)[1] is an Australian wheelchair rugby player.

Ryley Douglas Batt was born on 22 May 1989 without legs and had surgery to separate his webbed fingers.[1][2] Up to the age of twelve, he did not use a wheelchair, preferring to move around on a skateboard.[1] He was convinced to use a wheelchair when he saw a demonstration of wheelchair rugby at his school, and took up the sport shortly afterwards in that year.[1] He first participated in the Australian Steelers in 2002.[3] He was part of the national team at the 2004 Athens Games, where he was the youngest Paralympic rugby player in the world at the age of 15,[3] the 2008 Beijing Games, where the team won a silver medal,[4] and the 2012 London Games, when the team won a gold medal.[5] From 2006 to 2010, he was the national team's most valuable player.[3]

He competed in the 2010 World Rugby Wheelchair Championships, where his team won a silver medal,[3] and he won the most valuable player award.[6] He was a member of the Australian team that won its first world championship gold medal at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at Odense, Denmark [7]


He lives in the New South Wales city of Port Macquarie, and leads the New South Wales Gladiators and the San Diego Sharp Edge in the United States.[1]

Recognition[edit]

Batt interviewed outside the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year ceremony

Batt was a finalist for the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year.[8] 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."[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Ryley Batt". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 June 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Ryley Batt". Australian Athletes with a Disability. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "Steelers win wheelchair rugby gold". Sydney Morning Herald. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ryley Batt - Paralympic Games". Greater Port Macquarie Focus. 19 January 2012. Archived from the original on 4 June 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australia wins first ever IWRF World Championship". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Freney favourite to win top Paralympian". Australian Associated Press. 5 November 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2012.