Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Date of Birth
December 31, 1990
Home
Coimadai, VIC
Occupation
Administration officer
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2013
Heroes

Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali and Shane Crawford

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Hawthorn winning back-to-back AFL premiership titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Bio

Growing up, Ben Fawcett thrived on action sport, counting snowboarding, surfing and wakeboarding among his favourite things to do. However, his life took a different course when, at 18-years-old, a snowboarding trip in New Zealand went horribly wrong.

A seasoned snowboarder, Ben was itching to get on his board, and on the first day of his trip and just his second run down, he took a small jump and landed badly on his back, injuring his neck.

Although he was wearing a helmet, the damage to Ben’s neck was irreparable and he became a quadriplegic, spending nearly two months in hospital in New Zealand before he was stable enough to return to Australia, where he stayed in a rehabilitation clinic for a further four months and was introduced to wheelchair rugby.

Before long, Ben took his love of the sport to new heights, immersing himself in training to be named the 2012 Australian Rookie of the Year. He made his Steelers debut the following year at the Be The Influence Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations in Sydney, a moment which Ben ranks among the highlights of his still early career, before shifting his focus to selection for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Making his Paralympic debut in September 2016, Ben was proudly a part of the Steelers side which 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.

An avid sports fan, Ben lists Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali and Hawthorn superstar Shane Crawford as his top sporting icons, naming Hawthorn’s three-year back-to-back premiership victories in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as his greatest sporting moments to date.

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