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Date of Birth
First Competed for Australia
Darren Lockyer and Kostya Tszyu
Winning gold at London 2012
Being selected to start for the Australian team
It’s been a meteoric rise in wheelchair rugby for Darwin born Cody Meakin. Since taking up the sport in 2010, he made his first Australian side for the Great Britain Cup in 2011 and believes his best form is yet to come, despite being part of the gold medal winning side at the London Paralympic Games.
Growing up, Cody was like any other teenage boy – he loved his cars, loved his music and loved playing rugby. Now in his early 20s, he still loves all those things except he now plays a different style of rugby.
In 2008, Cody’s life changed when he was in a car accident in Tennant Creek which left him with significant spinal cord damage. Despite having previously broken his back in a rugby scrum tackle, Cody was not so lucky the second time and became a quadriplegic.
Instead of completing his final year at high school, Cody and his parents moved from Darwin to Adelaide so he could receive the medical care and rehabilitation he needed. Not able to attend his Year 12 formal, Cody’s grade at his boarding school in Canberra chose to forgo the traditional means of formal transport including limousines, fancy cars and motorbikes to instead walk in their tuxedoes, dresses and high heels to the school formal. The thousands of dollars the students saved from not hiring transport went towards Cody’s family to cover his rehabilitation costs.
Cody’s life took another fateful twist just days before the London Games, when he was rocked by the news that one of his good mates had been killed whilst serving with the Australian army in Afghanistan. Cody dedicated his Games campaign to his fallen friend.
Cody looks up to Queensland rugby league great Darren Lockyer and boxer Kostya Tszyu for inspiration on the rugby court and likes to psyche himself up by listening to music before playing each game.
Sport & Disciplines
Sport: Wheelchair Rugby