Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Brachial plexus
How acquired
Motorbike accident
Date of Birth
December 15, 1969
Hamel, WA
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008

Career Highlights

Winning bronze in Beijing 2008

Greatest Moment

2006 West Coast Eagles grand final victory


Russell Boaden started sailing in 2004 when he was 32 years old. He started out in the Sailability program at the Royal Perth Yacht Club, helping out as a training boat for the Australian Paralympic Team who were preparing for the Athens 2004 Paralympics.

Two years later and he made his debut for Australia, competing at the 2006 World Cup in Rochester, New York.

In 2007, also in Rochester, Russell competed at his first IFDS World Championships. The Australian Sonar Team were eighth.

Along with Colin Harrison and Graeme Martin, Russell competed at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. The crew finished third to take home the bronze medal – Russell’s career highlight.

In 2013, Russell broke onto the World Championship podium, winning bronze at the event in Kinsale, Ireland. The following year they repeated the bronze feat and went one better for silver at the 2015 Para World Sailing Championships in Melbourne.

Together with Colin Harrison and Jonathon Harris, Russell is looking for a medal in Rio. Their journey towards Rio 2016 has been successful with two World Cup gold medals in 2015 and a silver at the start of 2016.

When Russell was 22 he was in a motorbike accident that damaged his brachial plexus – a network of nerves, running from the spine.

He competes with an odd superstition always wearing a knee brace even though he doesn’t need it.

Russell plays social golf and would like to one day represent Australia in golf at the Paralympics.

Outside of sport he is a chef. He specialises in food presentation and sculptures, getting great enjoyment out of the artistic side of cooking.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Sailing Disciplines: Sonar three person Classification: 4