2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Horrie
|Born||17 October 1979|
Erik Horrie (born 17 October 1979) is an Australian wheelchair basketball player and rower. He was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team. Switching to rowing in 2011, he made an immediate impact in the sport, first winning the NSW State Rowing Championships and then the National Rowing Championships in Adelaide. He won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and gold medals at the 2013 , 2014 and 2015 World Rowing Championships. He represented Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Horrie was born on 17 October 1979 in New Zealand. At the age of seven, he was made a ward of the state due to domestic violence in his home and subsequently spent most of his childhood in foster care homes. In 2001, he was in a motor vehicle accident that left him a paraplegic. As of 2016[update], he lives in Penrith, New South Wales. In studying youth work, Horrie said "I want to help underprivileged kids because I can relate to what they may be going through. I’m not saying I understand, but hopefully use my experiences to show them they have a choice." 
He was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team. He attempted to make the team for the 2008 Summer Paralympics but did not get selected for the national team until 2009 when he played in the 2009 IBWF AOZ Oceania Championship and the 2009 Rollers World Challenge. Following that, he left the sport.
Horrie is classified as an AS rower and is a member of the Dragon Rowing Club. He switched to rowing in 2011 following the 2008 Summer Paralympics after having been identified by a selector from Rowing Australia. In 2011, he did water training Breakfast Creek and off-water training at West End, Queensland. The year, he had a scholarship with the Australian Institute of Sport.
In 2011, he finished first at the New South Wales State Championship. At the 2011 National Rowing Championships in Adelaide, he finished first. In April 2011, he participated in a national team training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport. In the arms, shoulders men's single scull event at the 2011 World Championships in Bled, Slovenia, he finished third. He competed in the 2012 World Rowing Cup 3 event in Germany. He represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and he won a silver medal in the Men's Single Sculls – ASM1x.
At the 2013 World Championships in Chungju, Korea, he won a gold medal in the Men's Single Sculls – ASM1x. He was coached by Jason Baker. He won back to back gold medals by winning the Men's Single Sculls – ASM1x at the 2014 World Rowing Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
At the 2016 Rio Paralympics, he won the silver medal in the Men's Single Sculls – ASM1x. This repeated his result at the London Olympics.
He placed 2nd of 8 male handcycle/wheelchair athletes in the OTU Paratriathlon Oceania Championships in 2014.
- In November 2014, he was awarded the 2014 World Rowing Para Rower of the Year.
- In November 2015, he was awarded the New South Wales Institute of Sport Male Athlete of the Year.
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