Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Incomplete quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Surfing accident
Date of Birth
June 24, 1990
Home
Randwick, NSW
Occupation
Business manager and public speaker
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2014
Career Highlights

Captaining the NSW wheelchair rugby team and winning gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia for the first time

Bio

A sports star in the making, Andrew Edmondson had only just accepted a scholarship to play rugby union at an elite private school in Sydney when he collided with a sandbar while surfing at Coogee Beach, breaking his neck.

Unable to come up for air, he considers himself lucky his friends realised he was in trouble so quickly. However, scans soon confirmed what doctors feared and Andrew was told he may never walk again.

At just 13, he struggled to come to terms with his disability but says that being introduced to wheelchair sport during rehabilitation motivated him to heal and move on.

Even better, after watching a game of wheelchair rugby, Andrew realised that his dream of representing Australia in rugby was in reach and that his accident could actually be the start of something even bigger for him.

After attending an APC Come and Try Day in 2004, Andrew rose through the ranks of his sport, first as captain of the NSW state squad, and then as a valued member of the Australian Steelers.

Achieving his lifelong goal of representing Australia in rugby, ‘Edmo’ made his international debut in 2014 in a friendly series against the USA, and his Paralympic debut two years later in Rio, where the Steelers became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, defeating the USA 59-58 in a double-overtime thriller.

Off the court Andrew is a diehard rugby union fan and Waratahs supporter. He also enjoys watching Conor McGregor dominate in the UFC, fishing, travelling, and improving his health and fitness.

Having graduated from the Australian College of Physical Education with a Bachelor of Sports Business, Andrew is working towards balancing a career in sport with running his own business.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 2.0