As much at home in the water and on snow as on land, Ben Fawcett has always enjoyed an active lifestyle, and a snowboarding accident at 18 did little to change that.

Ben sustained irreparable damage to his neck in a horrific crash-landing, and spent the next six months in hospital in New Zealand before he was cleared to travel home to Australia. But by 2010, the adrenaline junkie in Ben was calling, and wheelchair rugby filled that void with ease.

Now a Paralympic champion and World Championship silver medallist, Ben has spent over seven years establishing himself among the best 0.5 players in the world. He made his Paralympic debut in 2016, where the Steelers became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win two Paralympic gold medals and a world title in a four-year period, and represented Australia once again at the 2018 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation …

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Date of birth
31 December 1990
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Airport West, VIC
Administration officer
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

Hawthorn winning back-to-back AFL Premierships in 2013 and 2014

Heroes/role models



  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 0.5

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