Quick Facts

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

Captaining the NSW wheelchair rugby team

Greatest Moment

The first time he represented Australia in wheelchair rugby in 2014


Andrew Edmondson spent his childhood living and breathing sport and dreamed of one day wearing green and gold on a rugby field.

A sports star in the making, he was thrilled to receive a scholarship to play rugby at a private school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs when a surfing accident at the age of 13 changed the course of his life.

At Sydney’s Coogee beach, Andrew crashed into a sandbar under the water, immediately breaking his neck. Stuck under the water, unable to move and unable to see, he considers himself lucky to have had friends quickly realise he was in trouble. Following numerous tests and scans, doctors confirmed spinal cord damage and told his parents that he may never walk again.

Having struggled to come to terms with his disability and not knowing what his future would hold without rugby, Andrew says the introduction of wheelchair sport while in rehabilitation motivated him to heal and move on from his accident. Almost immediately after watching a video of a wheelchair rugby game, Andrew realised that his dreams of playing international rugby were in reach and his accident was the start of something even bigger for him.

A decade after attending an APC Come and Try Day in 2004, Andrew is captain of the NSW state rugby team and has cemented himself as an up-and-comer in the Steelers squad.

Nicknamed ‘Edmo’ by his friends, Andrew made a stellar debut for Australia in 2014 in a friendly game series against the USA in Birmingham, Alabama and is on track to selection for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Off the wheelchair rugby court, Andrew is a diehard rugby union fan and follows his state team, the Waratahs. He also enjoys watching the brutality of UFC, citing Irish champion Conor McGregor as his favourite sports star. He also enjoys fishing, travelling and improving his health and fitness.

Having graduated from the Australian College of Physical Education with a Bachelor of Sports Business, Andrew hopes to one day run his own business while balancing a thriving career as a wheelchair rugby athlete.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 2.0