Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
March 3, 1982
Zillmere, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012


Liverpool footballer Jamie Carragher, boxer Kostya Tszyu and friend Peter Hall

Career Highlights

Winning silver in Beijing 2008 and winning gold in London 2012

Greatest Moment

Liverpool winning the 2005 UEFA Champions League


Captain of the Australian wheelchair rugby team,  Ryan Scott grew up enjoying and participating in a variety of sports, including football, soccer, basketball, surfing and motorbike riding. A car accident at the age of 16 changed this.

Ryan was a passenger in a car full of mates when the driver lost control and ran off the road. The force of the crash crushed him under the car roof, with his head pinned to his stomach and his spinal cord severely damaged. After spending six months in rehabilitation, followed by a further six months at home, he began playing wheelchair rugby – on top of Year 11 studies and countless hours at the gym.

In August 2001, Ryan was selected for the Australian team. Since then, he has represented Australia in many competitions including six Oceania Zone Championships, three World Championships and three Paralympic Games. After their fifth place finish in Athens, the Steelers worked hard to medal at the Beijing Games and secured themselves a silver place on the medal podium. The team re-grouped after Beijing with the sole aim of winning gold in London. Defeating Canada in the gold medal game now ranks as one of the greatest moments in his sporting career.

Ryan’s achievements haven’t come easily and are a result of dedication, commitment and hard work. As a low-pointer on the team, the accident left him with little movement and as co-captain, he plays an important defensive role. While he’ll never be a big goal scorer, Ryan moved to Brisbane from his home town of Adelaide to train with his team mates more regularly. With his clever strategic mind and elevated training regime, he is committed to ensuring he is in top form to represent his country.

When not training or competing, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, watching live sport and drag racing.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 0.5