Colin Sieders was 15-years-old when he was involved in the first of two major car accidents. A friend’s mum was driving him and a teammate to soccer when she drove over black ice, causing the car to veer off the road and into a pole.

With the left side of his pelvis torn out of his body, Colin lost so much blood that he holds the world record for most blood lost in a car accident. Sadly, his friend’s mother was killed on impact.

It took two hours for CareFlight paramedics to stabilise Colin before they could fly him to Nepean Hospital, where he underwent 30 major operations. On top of his damaged pelvis, he also had a compact fracture in his left femur which partially paralysed his leg. He was in hospital for 51 weeks including 88 days in intensive care.

After nearly a year, Colin returned home in …

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Date of birth
19 January 1982
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paralysed left leg and removal of leg, lower back and abdominal muscles
How acquired
Two car accidents
Hawkesbury Heights, NSW
Business director
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia for the first time at the 2013 ICF Para-canoe Sprint World Championships in Duisburg

Greatest sporting moments

Becoming the world’s first V8 Supercar driver with a disability

Heroes/role models

Alex Zanardi


  • Sport: Para-canoe Discipline: 200m Sprint Classification: KL1

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