Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Diving accident
Date of Birth
June 7, 1987
Home
Bayswater North, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2005
First Competed for Australia
2007
Games Experience

London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Peter Brock and Craig Lowndes

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Watching North Melbourne beat Carlton to win the 1999 AFL Grand Final

Bio

Andrew Harrison first represented Australia in 2007 at the Oceania Regional Championships, but after narrowly missing selection for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, he did not get another international start until 2010.

Since returning to the side for the Four Nations Tournament in Sydney in 2010, Andrew has held his position in the team at every major tournament, winning two Paralympic gold medals in the process.

He first began playing wheelchair rugby in 2005 after becoming a quadriplegic in a diving accident, deciding to give it a go after listening to Australian representative Bryce Alman speak about the benefits of competing in wheelchair sports.

He achieved state selection for Victoria the following year, finishing third in the NWBL to be named the 2005 Rookie of the Year, and in 2006 he was asked to join the Australian Steelers.

After their 51-66 defeat of rivals Canada in the gold medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, the Steelers became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, defeating the USA 59-58 in a double-overtime thriller at Rio 2016.

A strong show of confidence by coach Brad Dubberley, on his return from Rio, Andrew was named to lead the Steelers as captain in the Ken Sowden Cup in April 2017.

In his spare time ‘Harro’ visits schools across Australia to educate students about spinal cord injuries. He enjoys watching motor sports (Team Holden), going camping and fishing.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 2.0