Quick Facts

How acquired
Physical Impairment – Limb deficiency – arms and legs
Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
May 22, 1989
Port Macquarie, NSW
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012


Travis Pastrana

Career Highlights

Winning a Paralympic gold medal at London 2012

Greatest Moment

Named MVP at the 2010 World Championships


With more than a decade of international experience, a Paralympic gold medal and a world championship title under his belt, it is hard to believe Ryley Batt is still one of the youngest members of the Australian wheelchair rugby team.

Born with a limb deficiency, Ryley does not have legs and required surgery to separate his fingers from each other.

Amazingly, it wasn’t until he was 12-years-old that he began to use a wheelchair. Up until then, he preferred to ride around on a skateboard with his friends, scraping his hands along the ground when he needed to stop. It took a wheelchair rugby demonstration at his school to finally convince Ryley to use a wheelchair, and he hasn’t looked back since.

Ryley played competitively for the first time in 2002 before he represented his country for the first time the following year in Japan. At the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, he became the youngest ever wheelchair rugby Paralympian at just 15.

Athens was also a turning point for the then teenager. His provisional classification of 2.5 – a “mid-pointer” was overturned and he was classified at the Games as a “high pointer” – 3.5. This required him to adapt to new responsibilities on the court, which has seen him lift his game to a new level, as he carries almost half his team’s total point allocation whenever he takes to the floor.

Ryley is now widely regarded as the best wheelchair rugby player in the world.

During London 2012, Ryley lead the team to victory, scoring 160 goals during the tournament, including 37 in the gold medal match. He also developed a cult following of wheelchair rugby fans from around the world, because of his speed and brutality on court.

At the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championships in Denmark, Ryley again played an integral role in Australia’s success. He scored 45 goals in the gold medal match against Canada to lead Australia to their first ever World Championship crown, reaffirming the Steelers’ recent dominance of the sport.

Outside of wheelchair rugby, Ryley is an adrenaline junkie. He loves to ride quad bikes and motorbikes in his spare time and can also often be found in his 4WD, looking for new adventure. As a passionate motorsports fan, Ryley says motocross star Travis Pastrana is his hero and role model.

Ryley resides in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid-North Coast, and holds the key to the city after his performances at London 2012.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 3.5