Andrew Harrison (wheelchair rugby)

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Andrew Harrison
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Harrison
Personal information
Nationality Australia
Born (1987-06-07) 7 June 1987 (age 30)
Country Australia
Sport Wheelchair rugby
Disability class 2.0
Event(s) Team
Team Victorian Thunder

Andrew Harrison, OAM (born 7 June 1987) is a wheelchair rugby player. He has won gold medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics. [1]


Andrew John Harrison was born on 7 June 1987 in Bayswater North, Victoria.[2][3][4][5] At the age of seventeen, he became a quadriplegic as a result of a 2004 diving accident when he jumped head first into a shallow river. He spent time recovering and undergoing physical therapy at Kew's Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre.[3][6] His accident is one of the reasons he was part of a campaign called "Don’t Drink and Dive" which encouraged people to be careful when diving.[6] His hobbies include four-wheelers, cars and off-road buggies, which he can drive despite his injuries.[2][3][7] As of 2012, he lives in Bayswater North, Victoria,[7] is a student[3] and works as a Spinchat Coordinator.[4] He is married to Lisa and has one gorgeous son who recently turned one.

Wheelchair rugby[edit]

Harrison is a 2.0 point wheelchair rugby player.[2] As of 2012, he has a scholarship with the Victorian Institute of Sport.[4]

While Harrison was rehabilitating following his accident, he was visited by a member of the national wheelchair rugby team who encouraged him to try the sport.[3] He made his first Victorian state representative team in 2006, not long after his accident. That year, his Victorian side finished third in the National Wheelchair Rugby League and he was named the rookie of the year. In 2009, he played for the West Coast Enforcers and finished the season being named to the league's all star four. He changed teams and played for Victorian Thunder in 2010, and was again named to the league's all star four. He was with the Victorian side again in 2012.[3][4][8][9][10]

The first time Harrison was invited to a national team training camp was in 2007.[3] He then went on to play in an international match against the New Zealand national wheelchair rugby team that year at the Oceania Regional Championships.[2][4] While he was considered for the 2008 Summer Paralympics, he was ultimately not selected.[3] Following this brief appearance, he did not make the national team again until 2010 when he was a member of the team at the Four Nations Tournament.[2] That year, he was also a member of the Australian team that competed at the World Championships.[3] Wearing jersey number 15, he represented Australia at the 2012 Canada Cup.[7] In May 2012, he participated in a test series against Japan in Sydney.[11] He scored four goals in the fourth game which Australia won 47 – 44, and two goals in the fifth game where Australia won 61 – 55.[12] He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair rugby.[2] Going into London, his team was ranked second in the world behind the United States.[13] He was part of the team that won the gold medal.[14] The Australian team went through the five-day tournament undefeated.[15]

He was a member of the team that retained its gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics after defeating the United States 59–58 in the final.[16]

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."[5]


  1. ^ "Steelers aim to maintain their reign in Rio". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 25 July 2016. Archived from the original on 29 August 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Andrew Harrison". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Andrew Harrison" (PDF). Australia: Independence Australia. 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Andrew Harrison". Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS). 1987-07-06. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Australia Day honours list 2014: in full". Daily Telegraph. 26 January 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Carmona, Bianca. "Summer diving warning from Kew rehab patient". Progress Leader. Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  7. ^ a b c "Australia". Coupe Canada Cup 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  8. ^ "NWRL Award History - National Wheelchair Rugby League". SportingPulse. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  9. ^ "Teams". Wheelchair Rugby Australia. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  10. ^ Humpage, Ami. "Paralympic hopefuls set rugby wheels in motion". Brimbank Leader. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  11. ^ Michelmore, Karen (2012-05-04). "Australia's Steelers smash and crash their way to London -". ABC Sydney - Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  12. ^ "International Wheelchair Rugby Federation : News". IWRF. 2012-05-05. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  13. ^ "Hose realises London dream". Camperdown Chronicle. 2012-05-08. Archived from the original on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  14. ^ "Mixed Wheelchair Rugby - Paralympic Wheelchair Rugby". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Batt stars as Australia win gold". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Lees, Chris (19 September 2016). "Steelers double up with Paralympics gold". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 

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