Andrew Harrison

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Quick Facts

Disability
Quadriplegia
How acquired
Diving accident
Date of Birth
Sun, 07/06/1987
Home
Bayswater North, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2007
Games Experience
London 2012
Heroes
Peter Brock and Craig Lowndes
Career Highlights
Being selected for the 2010 World Championships, winning gold at London 2012
Greatest Moment
Witnessing the North Melbourne Football Club beat Carlton to win the 1999 premiership

Bio

Andrew Harrison made his Australian debut in 2007 at the Oceania Regional Championships and after narrowly missing out on selection to the Beijing squad, did not get another international start until 2010.

Since returning to the side for the Four Nations Tournament in Sydney in 2010, Andrew has maintained his position in the team at every major tournament, including the London Paralympics where the team won gold.

Andrew first played wheelchair rugby in 2005, shortly after the diving accident which resulted in his quadriplegia. While out fishing with friends, Andrew dived into shallow water and hit his head on a rock at the bottom. Whilst recovering in rehab after the accident, he saw Australian wheelchair rugby player Bryce Alman give a talk on the virtues of playing wheelchair rugby for Australia and decided to give it a go. He instantly loved it and hasn’t looked back since.

He made the Victorian state side in 2006, where he was named Rookie of the Year and a year later was selected by head coach Brad Dubberley for the Australian side. Andrew enjoys the physical and competitive nature of the game and is honoured to represent both his state and his country.

Outside sport, Andrew is involved with an education program in schools across the country about spinal cord injuries. He also loves his motor sports and is a firm Holden man, loves to go camping and fishing and eating strawberry and cream lollies.




Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby
Classification: 2.0