Andrew Harrison was 17 when he was first introduced to wheelchair rugby – by none other than three-time Paralympian Bryce Alman. He would go on to win two Paralympic gold medals from two Paralympic Games, and firmly establish himself among the best 2.0 players in the game.

Andrew first represented Australia at the 2007 Chris Handy Cup in Invercargill, New Zealand, but after narrowly missing selection to the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, it was another two years before he saw his next international start with the Steelers.

Victory at the London 2012 Paralympic Games marked the beginning of an incredible run of success for Andrew, culminating in the Steelers’ epic 59-58 defeat of the USA in a double-overtime thriller at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where they became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a world title in a four-year period.

Although …

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Date of birth
7 June 1987
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Diving accident
Residence
Bayswater North, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2005
First competed for Australia
2007
Sport career highlights

Winning the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Watching North Melbourne defeat Carlton to win the 1999 AFL Premiership

Heroes/role models

Peter Brock, Craig Lowndes

Favourite quote
Live each day like it is your last

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 2.0

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