Raised in the United Kingdom, four-time Paralympian Colin Harrison was introduced to sailing as a teenager at a youth holiday camp in Northern Wales. Joining the Thames Estuary Yacht Club in Essex, England on his return, Colin began racing small boats.

A cancer diagnosis several years later resulted in the amputation of his right arm, and after taking a short break from sailing to adjust, Colin made his international debut at the 2002 IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Medemblik, the Netherlands. Together with Paralympic champions Noel Robins and Jamie Dunross, he finished 16th from a fleet of 21.

At the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Colin, Jamie and Jeff Milligan combined to place fifth in the mixed 3-person keelboat, and in the four years between Athens and Beijing, Colin improved significantly to win his first ever Paralympic medal, a bronze, with teammates Russell Boaden and Graeme Martin.

Despite recording …

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Date of birth
20 February 1961
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Right arm limb loss
How acquired
Victoria Park, WA
Medical imaging technologist
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning bronze at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Australia winning the America’s Cup in 1983


  • Sport: Para-sailing Discipline: 3-person keelboat (Sonar) Classification: 3

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