A career in sport was always on the cards for wheelchair rugby player Andrew Edmondson, who had only just accepted a scholarship to play rugby union at an elite private school in Sydney, NSW, when he broke his neck in a bodysurfing accident at Coogee Beach.

Although it was difficult for Andrew, who was only 13 at the time, to come to terms with having incomplete quadriplegia, it did not take him long to realise his dream of representing Australia was still within reach. In 2004, he contacted Paralympics Australia, and over the next 10 years, built a case for himself as a future star of the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers.

Andrew made his international debut in 2014 and his Paralympic debut two years later in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the Steelers became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and …

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Date of birth
24 June 1990
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Incomplete quadriplegia
How acquired
Bodysurfing accident
Port Macquarie, NSW
Athlete, self-employed
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia

Heroes/role models

His grandparents


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 2.0

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