Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
August 13, 1977
Port Macquarie, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, London 2012


Nelson Mandela

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Games

Greatest Moment

Winning the semi-final against Canada at Beijing 2008 that saw Australia progress to the gold medal game


With a decade of experience playing wheelchair rugby at an elite level, Cameron Carr is one of the most accomplished athletes on the Australian team.

A sportsman from his youth, Cameron had a promising career in rugby league ahead of him and at the young age of 19, had signed a contract with the Sydney Roosters.

Due to drive down to Sydney to start his new life, the club offered to fly him down a few weeks later so he could spend more time with his family.

That very same weekend, Cameron attended a 21st birthday party and his life took a different course. Choosing to get a lift home with a friend instead of catching a taxi, Cameron’s friend fell asleep at the wheel just 100 metres from his home.

The accident saw Cameron break his neck and he still describes it as the scariest thing to ever happen to him. It took him a while to get accustomed to using a wheelchair and several years to mentally come to terms with his new lifestyle but soon he would discover a new pathway to becoming a professional athlete.

Cameron was first introduced to wheelchair rugby through his rehabilitation clinic, but initially shied away from contact sport as an attempt to forget about the life he could have had playing rugby league. Seven years later, Cameron rediscovered his competitive streak and began what would eventually become a decorated career in sport.

Since first competing in 2003, Cameron has thrown himself into being the best wheelchair rugby player he can be. He recalls his first Paralympic Games in Beijing as one of his greatest sporting moments. Having never been to China or a Games, he thrived in the new environment and loved being amongst a different culture. He hopes to one day go back to Beijing to experience the atmosphere without a major international event taking place.

Today, Cameron is a Paralympic gold medallist and world champion having won gold in London 2012 and gold at the 2014 IWRF World Championships.

Cameron has a proud sporting heritage. His father Norm represented Queensland in State of Origin and has followed suit by competing for his state with the Queensland Cyclones.

Outside of sport, Cameron enjoys spending time with his wife and his son Eli, watching ABC kids’ show Peppa Pig. He is currently studying to be a clinical exercise physiologist at the Queensland University of Technology and expects to finish his degree after the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 2.0