Brad Dubberley

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Brad Dubberley
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2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Dubberley
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1981-06-28) 28 June 1981 (age 37)
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales
Disability class 3.5

Brad Dubberley (born 28 June 1981) [1] is an Australian Paralympic wheelchair rugby Head Coach and former athlete. He won a silver medal as an athlete at the 2000 Sydney Games[1] and as the head coach at the 2008 Beijing Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event.[2] He is the head coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby team known as the Australian Steelers.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Dubberley with the ball during 2000 Summer Paralympics match

Dubberley was born in the New South Wales town of Kurri Kurri on 28 June 1981.[4] He became a quadriplegic at the age of 12 when he fell down a 50 m cliff while playing with friends in the bush in Victoria.[1] In 1995, at the age of 14, he took up wheelchair rugby as part of the rehabilitation process.[1] His classification level was 3.5.[1] He first represented Australia in 1996 in a test series with New Zealand.[1] At 1998 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, he was member of the team that came 5th.[1] At the 2000 Sydney Games, he was a member of the team that won the silver medal.[1] At the 2002 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, he was a member of the team that won the bronze medal.[1] At the 2004 Athens Games, he was a member of the team that came 5th.[1] His last major competition as an athlete was at the 2006 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships, where the team came 6th.[1] During his career as an athlete, he competed in over 70 international competitions.[1]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1998 he was the Australian Junior Paralympian of the Year.[1] In 2009, he was awarded the Primary Club of Australia's Sir Roden Cutler Award for his services to wheelchair rugby.[5] Dubberley is a frequent visitor to spinal units offering advice and support. His message is Don't let the chair, stop you from doing anything.[6]

Dubberley retired from competition in 2006 and in November of that year was appointed as head coach of the Australian Wheelchair Rugby team.[1] He coached the team to a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games[7] and the 2010 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships.[8] He is preparing the team for the 2012 London Games. He coached the Australian national wheelchair rugby team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, which went through the five-day tournament undefeated and won the gold medal.[9] He was the head coach at the 2016 Rio Paralympics where the team won Gold.[10]

At the 2018 World Championships in Sydney, he was Head Coach of the Australian team that won the silver medal after being defeated by Japan 61-62 in the gold medal game.[11]

He currently lives in Point Cook, Victoria.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Brad Dubberley - Wheelchair Rugby" (PDF). Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association Website. Retrieved 23 May 2012. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Steelers commence gold medal campaign". Australian Paralympic Committee Website. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Australian Media Guide : 2000 Paralympic Games Sydney. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2000. 
  5. ^ "The Sir Roden Cutler Award". Primary Club of Australia Website. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Murderball". Sixty Minutes. 20 October 2005. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Media Guide - Beijing 2008 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. 
  8. ^ "USA wins World Wheelchair Rugby Championships". International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Website. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "Batt stars as Australia win gold". Official site of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "Results". IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships website. Retrieved 10 August 2018. 
  12. ^ Australian Paralympic Committee Media Guide - London 2012 Paralympic Games. Sydney, New South Wales: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. p. 103.