Ryan Scott (wheelchair rugby)

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Ryan Scott
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2016 Australian Paralympic Team portrait of Scott
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1982-03-03) 3 March 1982 (age 35)
Disability class 0.5

Ryan Scott, OAM (born 3 March 1982) [1] is a Paralympic wheelchair rugby competitor from Australia. In four Paralympics, Scott has won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and gold medals at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio Paralympics.[2]


Scott was born on 3 March 1982. On the 6 June 1998 as a 16-year-old, he became a quadriplegic due to a car crash on a country road on route to Victor Harbor, South Australia.[3][1][4] At the time of the accident, he was a year 11 student at Willunga High School.[3] The accident left Scott paralysed from his chest down but he has some movement in his shoulders, back, biceps and forearms.[3] He moved to Brisbane from Adelaide in 2009 due to the warm weather and due to Queensland having a good wheelchair rugby program.[5]

Wheelchair rugby[edit]

Scott at the 2012 London Paralympics

Scott took up wheelchair rugby as part of his rehabiliation. Scott said "I always loved sport and participated in all kinds of sport – soccer, basketball, Aussie rules, pretty much every sport except able-bodied rugby. As a quadriplegic, I didn’t have the upper-body strength to play wheelchair basketball. When I saw wheelchair rugby, that’s when I thought that sport was still possible." [3] Scott made his debut for the Australian team 'Steelers' in August 2001.[4] He was a member of the Steelers that came fifth at the 2004 Athens Paralympics.[4] He won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event.[6] He won a gold medal at the 2012 London Games in the mixed wheelchair rugby event.[6]

Scott being interviewed on behalf of his team after winning the Australian 2012 Team of the Year

He was a member of the Steelers that finished with the silver medal at the 2010 World Championships and gold medal at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at Odense, Denmark.[7]

Scott captained the Australian team that retained its gold medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics after defeating the United States 59–58 in the final.[8]

In 2016, he is captain of the Steelers [4] and plays for the Suncorp Queensland Cyclones in the Wheelchair Rugby National League.[9]

Scott said "But because of wheelchair rugby I’ve been able to travel the world playing a team sport, I have represented my county at three Paralympic Games, which is huge. It has also made me a much more independent person." [5]



  1. ^ a b Media guide : Beijing 2008 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. 
  2. ^ "Steelers aim to maintain their reign in Rio". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 25 July 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c d Lawrence, Ellisa (5 September 2016). "Paralympics 2016: We’re the Superhumans - Queensland’s champions". Courier Mail. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Ryan Scott". Australian Paralympic Committee website. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Wheelchair rugby player Ryan Scott gears up for fourth Paralympics in Rio". Courier Mail. 6 February 2016. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Athlete Search Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australia wins first ever IWRF World Championship". Australian Paralympic Committee News. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Lees, Chris (19 September 2016). "Steelers double up with Paralympics gold". Sunshine Coast Daily. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Suncorp Queensland Cyclones wheelchair rugby team". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled website. Retrieved 26 July 2016. 
  10. ^ "Ryan Scott". It's An Honour website. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  11. ^ "Ryan Scott named 2015 Sporting Wheelie of the Year". Sportsing Wheelies and Disabled Association website. Retrieved 25 July 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Annual Awards winners". Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association website. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 

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