Growing up, Ben Fawcett thrived on action sport, counting snowboarding, surfing and wakeboarding among his favourite things to do. However, his life took a different course when, at 18-years-old, a snowboarding trip in New Zealand went horribly wrong. A seasoned snowboarder, Ben was itching to get on his board, and on the first day of his trip and just his second run down, he took a small jump and landed badly on his back, injuring his neck. Although he was wearing a helmet, the damage to Ben’s neck was irreparable and he became a quadriplegic, spending nearly two months in hospital in New Zealand before he was stable enough to return to Australia, where he stayed in a rehabilitation clinic for a further four months and was introduced to wheelchair rugby. Before long, Ben took his love of the sport to new heights, immersing himself in training to be named… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Date of Birth
December 31, 1990
Home
Coimadai, VIC
Occupation
Administration officer
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2013
Heroes

Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali and Shane Crawford

Career Highlights

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest Moment

Hawthorn winning back-to-back AFL premiership titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 0.5