Chris Bond (wheelchair rugby)
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Bond
|Full name||Christopher Adam Bond|
|Born||28 May 1986|
|Sport||Wheelchair rugby 3.5|
Bond and his identical twin brother were born on 28 May 1986, and grew up in the Australian Capital Territory. He is missing both legs below his knees, his left wrist and his right four fingers as a result of a severe infection from a flesh eating bacterium he got while also being diagnosed with leukemia when he was nineteen years old. During his rehab, he was often one of the youngest people in gym. While he adjusted to life without his limbs, he started swimming at the pool at the Australian Institute of Sport. When he was young, he played rugby league and was a fan of the Canberra Raiders. Following his illness, he became friends with Clinton Schifcofske, the Raiders former captain. From 2008 to August 2011, he served as a board member of an organisation for young people trying to deal with their own cancer called CanTeen. During his time on the board, he also served as the organisation's national vice president. In 2012, he lived in Queensland.
Bond is a 3.5 point wheelchair rugby player. In 2010, he began looking for a team sport to play and contacted Brad Dubberley, the head coach of the Australia national wheelchair rugby team who encouraged Bond to try the sport based on his existing love of rugby.
Bond made his national team debut at the 2011 Great Britain Cup. Wearing jersey number 10, he represented Australia at the 2012 Canada Cup International Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. In the game against Canada, he and teammate Ryley Batt proved difficult for the Canadians to contain. In May 2012, he participated in a test series against Japan national wheelchair rugby team in Sydney. He scored eighteen goals in the fourth game which Australia won 47 – 44, and twenty goals in the fifth game where Australia won 61 – 55. He played in the London Paralympic test event. He scored 14 points in the game against Canada national wheelchair rugby team that Australia won 56-52 and 20 points in the game against Sweden national wheelchair rugby team that Australia won 65-88. In the finals match against Great Britain national wheelchair rugby team, he scored 22 points in Australia's 71-48 victory. He was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair rugby. Going into London, his team was ranked second in the world behind the United States. He was part of the team that won the gold medal. The Australian team went through the five-day tournament undefeated.
In 2016, he plays for the Suncorp Queensland Cyclones in the Wheelchair Rugby National League. 
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." In November 2016, Bond with Ryan Scott was awarded the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association Senior Male Athlete of the Year. 
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