Erik Horrie

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Quick Facts

Disability
Paraplegia
How acquired
Motor vehicle accident
Date of Birth
Wed, 17/10/1979
Home
Mount Druitt, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2011
First Competed for Australia
2011
Games Experience
London 2012
Career Highlights
Winning silver at London 2012, selection for the Australian team in his first year of competition and making the A final at the 2011 World Cup
Greatest Moment
Winning gold at the qualifier for the 2009 World Championships

Bio

Erik Horrie had one of the most harrowing, inspiring and eventful Games campaigns at his first Paralympic Games in London. With his fiancée due to have a baby any day and a Paralympic medal on his mind, the day after his first heat, he suffered a seizure which saw him admitted to hospital.

Having made a promise to himself years earlier that he would race and win a medal in London, Erik was determined to make the final, where he remarkably won silver and then learnt the news he had a new baby boy.

Erik’s road to Paralympic silver has taken many twists and turns. When he was 21, he was involved in a car accident that left him with paraplegia. With the unerring support of his partner Michelle, he began to play wheelchair basketball, catching the eye of national selectors while playing in the NWBL with the Brisbane Spinning Bullets. In 2009 he made his debut for Australia as part of the men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers which won gold in a World Cup qualifier and gold at the 2009 IWBF Oceania Championships.

He then made the transition to rowing in 2011 where he won a bronze medal in the men’s single skulls at the FISA World Rowing Championships in Slovenia. It capped a very encouraging first 12 months of competition, including a fourth placed finish at a 2011 World Cup meet in Munich behind the Australian winner Ben Houlison.  

Since London, Erik has tried his hand at Paratriathlon and in 2013 competed at the first ever Paratriathlon held in Australia. He also enjoys hand-cycling and watching motor sports in his spare time.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Rowing
Disciplines: Men’s single skull
Classification: AS