Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Date of Birth
December 31, 1990
Coimadai, VIC
Administration officer
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali, Shane Crawford

Career Highlights

Competing at the 2013 Tri-Nations on home soil and at his first outdoor venue

Greatest Moment

Hawthorn winning back-to-back premierships in 2013, 2014 and 2015


Growing up, Ben Fawcett lived for action sport and counted snowboarding, surfing and wakeboarding as his favourite hobbies. But his life took a different course when at 18-years-old a snowboarding trip in New Zealand went horrible wrong.

A seasoned snowboarder, Ben was itching to get on his board and on the first day of his trip and on his second run down, he took a small jump and landed badly on his back, injuring his neck. Although Ben was wearing a helmet, his neck was pushed forward substantially and immediately, he knew he had serious damage.

Ben spent nearly two months in hospital in New Zealand before he was stable enough to return to Australia. Upon his return, he spent a further four months in a rehabilitation clinic where he was introduced to wheelchair sport and specifically, wheelchair rugby.

While he never thought he would feel the adrenaline rush that comes from pushing himself to new limits both physically and mentally, it wasn’t long before his love of sport reached new heights.

Craving the physicality of sport, Ben threw himself into training and in 2012 was named Australian Rookie of the Year. Just one year later, he made his debut for the Steelers at the Be The Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations in Sydney, where Australia was defeated by the USA. Although the team lost the final, Ben says the event is his career highlight as he had never played outdoors in an atmosphere that was so electric.

While he hasn’t yet played at a Paralympic Games, Ben’s ultimate goal is to play wheelchair rugby at its highest possible level and is focussed on making the team that competes at Rio 2016.

An avid sports fan, Ben lists Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali and Shane Crawford as his top sporting icons and is a huge Hawthorn fan. He says Hawthorn’s 2015 AFL Grand Final win is his greatest sporting moment as it meant his favourite team won three premierships back-to-back.

Away from sport, Ben also collects and listens to old vinyl records and cassettes and enjoys going to car shows.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 0.5