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Jeremy Doyle

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Jeremy Doyle
140611 - Jeremy Doyle - 3a - 2012 Team processing.jpg
2012 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Doyle
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born 19 November 1983
Died 18 December 2011(2011-12-18) (aged 28)
Sydney, Australia
Club Wenty Wheelkings

Jeremy "JD" Doyle (19 November 1983 – 18 December 2011) was an Australian wheelchair basketball player. He became paraplegic due to being run over by a car, and competed in the 2009 Paralympic World Cup and the 2010 World Championship. He died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 28.

Early and personal life[edit]

Doyle was born on 19 November 1983.[1] He became a paraplegic at the age of four after being struck by a car.[2][3] He worked for ING in 2009.[2] In 2009, Doyle was named a Don't DIS my ABILITY Ambassador.[2]

At the 2010 New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards, he was honoured for his "Outstanding Achievement".[4]In 2010, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer.[5] In August 2011, while he was preparing for the 2012 London Paralympics, the cancer returned and he was diagnosed as terminally ill.[5][6] On 2 December 2011, Doyle married Melanie Carr, whom he had met online in April 2011, at Campbelltown Hospital.[5][6] He died from cancer on 18 December 2011 in Sydney, aged 28.[5]


Jeremy was an outstanding athlete and an inspirational individual who lived life to the fullest. He will be dearly missed by not only the Australian Paralympics family but by all who knew him. He wanted to get to the London Paralympics and I have no doubt he would have made it.

Australian Paralympic Committee CEO Jason Hellwig[5]

Doyle was a basketball point guard and guard.[5][7] He was classified as a 1 point player.[7] He had a wheelchair basketball scholarship from the New South Wales Institute of Sport.[8] His basketball team mates nicknamed him JD.[9] His jersey number was 14.[9]

He was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team, and made his team debut in 2009[5] at the Paralympic World Cup. He also competed at the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.[7][10] The team won a gold medal in both.[11]

He competed at the 2009 IWBF Asia-Oceania Championship, where his team finished first.[1] He was chosen to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[5] His last appearance for the national team was at the 2011 Tri-Nations Series in Canberra, Australia,[5] where he scored 8 points and had one assist in the 30 June match against the Netherlands.[1] At the time, he was coached by Ben Ettridge.[9]

Doyle first played in the National Wheelchair Basketball League in 2007.[1] He played for the Wenty Wheelkings,[7] making his debut as a starter for the team in 2008.[1] In 2009, he was playing for the Sydney Wheelkings.[12]

Doyle also played wheelchair hockey; he was a member of Australia's national team.[2] He played his club electric wheelchair hockey for the New South Wales team, the Hawks.[13] As of December 2011, he is the league's leading scorer for the 2011/2012 season.[14]

Doyle participated at the World Cyber Games in Counter-Strike, where he represented Australia in 2001 and again in 2006.[2][15][16]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jeremy Doyle". Basketball Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "2009 Don't DIS my ABILITY Ambassadors". New South Wales Government. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Jeffery, Nicole (19 November 2010). "Diver Mitcham wins top gong". The Australian. Sydney, Australia. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Lulham, Amanda (19 November 2010). "Geoff Huegill's memorable moment a big winner at NSWIS awards night". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Wheelchair basketballer Jeremy Doyle has lost his battle with cancer". The Daily Telegraph. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Gorrey, Megan (7 December 2011). "Hospital wedding for couple who captured our heart". Macarthur Advertiser. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Basketball Australia : 2010 WC Team". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "NSWIS Basketball and Wheelchair Basketball Scholarship Holders". New South Wales Institute of Sport. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Vale Jeremy Doyle". Basketball Australia. 19 December 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "World Championship Teams Named". Australian Athletes With a Disability Newsletter. July 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Rollers Int History". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  12. ^ Baxter, Bill (11 April 2009). "Rollers Paralympic World Cup Team announced". National Wheelchair Basketball League. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Teams". Australian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (NSW). 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "2011/2012 Season Statistics". Australian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (NSW. Retrieved 19 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "Australian Counter-Strike Team Attracts Strong Attention". World Cyber Games. 6 December 2001. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  16. ^ "World Cyber Games Australian History". diceVIP. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 

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