Ryley Batt in 2007
|Born||22 May 1989|
|Team||Australian Steelers (2003–current)|
|Updated on 26 August 2014.|
Ryley Douglas Batt was born on 22 May 1989 without legs and had surgery to separate his webbed fingers. Up to the age of twelve, he did not use a wheelchair, preferring to move around on a skateboard. He was convinced to use a wheelchair when he saw a demonstration of wheelchair rugby at his school, and took up the sport shortly afterwards in that year. He first participated in the Australian Steelers in 2002. He was part of the national team at the 2004 Athens Games, where he was the youngest Paralympic rugby player in the world at the age of 15, the 2008 Beijing Games, where the team won a silver medal, and the 2012 London Games, when the team won a gold medal. From 2006 to 2010, he was the national team's most valuable player.
He competed in the 2010 World Rugby Wheelchair Championships, where his team won a silver medal, and he won the most valuable player award. He was a member of the Australian team that won its first world championship gold medal at the 2014 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships at Odense, Denmark.
He lives in the New South Wales city of Port Macquarie, and leads the New South Wales Gladiators and the San Diego Sharp Edge in the United States. He has been selected to represent Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Batt was a finalist for the 2012 Australian Paralympian of the Year. 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 2014, he won three awards at the New South Wales Institute of Sport Awards - ClubsNSW Male Athlete of the Year, Office of Communities, Sport and Recreation Regional Athlete of the Year and Quest Serviced Apartments Team Athlete of the Year.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ryley Batt.|
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