Before Chris Bond was an international wheelchair rugby star, he was a 19-year-old battling acute promyelocytic leukaemia. He survived, but lost his left hand, right fingers and legs below the knees to a bacterial infection.

Chris is now one of the best 3.5 wheelchair rugby players in the world. On debut at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he helped lead the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, to their first Paralympic gold medal, and matched this effort in 2014 at the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark, where they won their first world title.

Chris made history once again when the Steelers became the first wheelchair rugby team to win two consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period. As the odds-on favourites to win gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, they did not disappoint. They set up …

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Date of birth
28 May 1986
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Double below-knee, left hand and right fingers loss
How acquired
Necrotising fasciitis
Baringa, QLD
Sports Partnership Manager
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

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

Greatest sporting moments

Being crowned Paralympic champion at Rio 2016

Heroes/role models

Everyday people making the most out of their lives

Favourite quote
"People will stare. Make it worth their while." - Harry Winston


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 3.5

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