World champion Para-rower Erik Horrie’s Paralympic debut was one of the most eventful in recent memory.

The day after his men’s single sculls AS heat, Erik suffered a seizure and was admitted to hospital. However, after promising himself years earlier he would win a medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, he was determined to reach the final, and by some miracle, recovered to win his first international silver medal. In the midst of all this, Erik was also preparing to become a father for the third time, with his partner, Michelle, due to give birth any day.

A man of many talents, Erik began his sporting career in wheelchair basketball, and after piquing the interest of national selectors, he represented Australia at the 2009 IWBF Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Dandenong, Victoria.

Two years later, Erik discovered Para-rowing and, not one to waste time, he won his first …

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Date of birth
17 October 1979
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Car accident
Penrith, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Being selected for the 2012 Australian Paralympic Team, winning silver in the men’s single sculls AS at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and being named the 2014 World Rowing Para-rower of the Year


  • Sport: Para-rowing Discipline: Single sculls Classification: PR1

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