Being a Paralympian means everything to Erik Horrie, and being a Paralympic medallist means even more.

He first had the honour of calling himself one nearly a decade ago. After having promised himself years earlier that he would win a medal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, nothing – not even a seizure on the day before the men’s single sculls AS final – was going to stop Erik from seeing the Australian flag raised at Dorney Lake.

When he returned home from London with a silver medal, Erik was more hungry than ever to become the best Para-rower in the world. He left no stone unturned as he chased and attained world champion status at the 2013 World Rowing Championships in Chungju, South Korea, and held that form over the next five years to defend his world title in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

He won another silver medal …

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Date of birth
17 October 1979
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

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

Competing at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning a gold medal in world record time at the 2013 World Rowing Championships, being named the 2014 World Rowing Para-rower of the Year

Greatest sporting moments

Watching the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games

Heroes/role models

Muhammad Ali

Favourite quote
Believe in the process, the results will come - Cillian Moffat


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

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