Brendan Dowler

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Brendan Dowler
Paralympic Gold Medalist Brendan Dowler.jpg
Personal information
Full name Brendan John Dowler
Nationality  Australia
Born (1968-01-31) 31 January 1968 (age 49)

Brendan John Dowler, OAM[1] (born 31 January 1968) is an Australian wheelchair basketball player.


Dowler was born on 31 January 1968,[2] and resides in Illawarra, New South Wales.[3] He is from Wollongong, New South Wales, has three siblings and is married.[2] He the University of Wollongong, earning a degree in IT.[2] He became paraplegic as a result of a spinal tumour.[2] When not playing basketball, he is an IT Manager.[2] '

In 2008, he was working for Pillar Administration.[4] He was still working with the company in 2016.[5]


Dowler is classified as a 1.0 player. He started playing wheelchair basketball in 1995.[2]

National team[edit]

Dowler first represented Australia in 2001[2][3] and has had over 100 caps for the team.[4]


Dowler was considered for selection for the 2000 Summer Paralympics but did not make it.[6]

He was part of the silver medal winning Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team[7] at the 2004 Summer Paralympics.[8] He was part of the gold medal winning Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team[9] at the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[8] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1]

Club basketball[edit]

During his club basketball career, Dowler played for and won national titles with both the Wollongong Rollerhawks and the Sydney Razorbacks.

In 2001 and 2003 he was named one of the NWBL's All-Star Five, additionally in 2003 he was also named the NWBL's Low point MVP.

In 2012, Dowler was named the NWBL "Coach of the Year" after his team, The Wollongong Rollerhawks took out the season.

Public speaking[edit]

Dowler has done public speaking. In November 2008, he and Brett Stibners spoke at the Sydney Business School's annual Town and Gown function.[3]


In 2004, Dowler and Tristan Knowles were awarded the title of Illawarra Mercury Sports Star of the Year Award.[6]

In 2008, Dowler, Tristan Knowles, Brett Stibners and Troy Sachs were awarded the title of Illawarra Mercury Sports Star of the Year Award.


  1. ^ a b "Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)". ABC News. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Brendan Dowler". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Town and Gown" (PDF). Sydney Business School. 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "News & Events: News: Brendan Dowler - Bound for Beijing". Pillar Administration. September 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "News & Events: News: Brendan Dowler OAM". Pillar Administration. 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "2004: Brendan Dowler and Tristan Knowles (wheelchair basketball)". Illawarra Mercury. 3 February 2004. p. 9. Retrieved 6 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results - ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games - Wheelchair Basketball - Men". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Basketball Chronology". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ McGarry, Andrew (4 September 2008). "Event guide: Wheelchair basketball". ABC. Retrieved 9 September 2011.