Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Paralysed left leg, removal of lower back muscles and abdominal muscles
How acquired
Two car accidents
Date of Birth
January 19, 1982
Yellow Rock, NSW
Business director
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia

Para-cyclist Alex Zanardi

Career Highlights

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2013 World Championships

Greatest Moment

Becoming the world's first V8 Supercar driver with a disability


Colin Sieders was 15-years-old when he was involved in the first of two major car accidents in his life. A friend’s mother was driving him and a teammate to soccer when she drove over black ice, forcing it off the road into a pole.

With the left side of his pelvis torn out of his body, Colin lost so much blood that he holds the world record for the most blood lost at a car accident scene. While he was lucky to escape alive, his friend’s mother was killed on impact.

A helicopter from CareFlight soon arrived to the scene of the accident, but with Colin losing so much blood, it took two hours to stabilise him before they could fly him to Nepean Hospital where he would then undergo 30 major operations. In total, Colin was in hospital for 51 weeks straight, including 88 days in intensive care.

Doctors told Colin that on top of his damaged pelvis, he had a compact fracture in his left femur, partially paralysing his leg and a lot of injuries and bleeding.

After nearly a year, Colin went home in a wheelchair but the complications of the accident did not end there. Having been in hospital for so long, Colin contracted an infection which fast turned into gangrene, and resulted in the removal of muscle in the right-side of his leg, lower back and abdominal muscles.

With determination and continued rehabilitation, it took five years before he learned to walk with crutches and with 30 per cent use of his left leg, eventually learned to walk unaided.

At 17-years-old, Colin became the first V8 supercar driver in the world with a disability when he joined his family’s V8 Supercars team, Sieders Racing Team and went on to enjoy a successful career until the second of his accidents in 2011, put him back in a wheelchair.

Colin broke bones in his knee but due to the way he was walking over the last eight years, his hip compressed a nerve, meaning he was no longer able to stand for more than 10 minutes and can only walk with the assistance of crutches.

Depressed, he put on weight but soon hired personal trainer Sam Norton to help him become fit again. A former slalom paddler, Sam met Australian head coach Andrea King at a coaching conference and from there, Sam made it his mission to get Colin to the Paralympics.

Colin made his international debut in Para-canoe in 2013 at the ICF Para-canoe World Championships where he placed 7th in the K1 200m sprint. He backed up his success the following year, where he won three national titles, and this year a further four.

Colin is now training 5-7 sessions on the water each week in addition to 3-4 sessions in the gym. On top of this he works full time running his family business and with his wife, is raising three daughters.  He also is an ambassador for CareFlight who he says are the reason he is still alive today.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Canoe Disciplines: 200m Sprint Classification: KL1