Eight years ago, Jake Howe faced the very real prospect of never being able to hold his son. Just moments after texting his girlfriend, who was only three months’ pregnant at the time, to pick him up from a 21st birthday party, Jake was dropped on his head in a play-fight with a mate on the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth, WA.

In what can only be described as a freak accident, he was paralysed immediately, and spent the following months – while simultaneously preparing for Lucas’ birth – relearning how to use his hands, eat and shower.

Fast-forward to 2020, and Jake is a World Championship silver medallist on track to represent Australia once again at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, where the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, will be aiming to win their third consecutive Paralympic title.

Jake, who is yet to taste gold at a major …

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Date of birth
4 June 1991
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Accident while play-fighting
Haynes, WA
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney, NSW

Greatest sporting moments

Being one of the 90,000+ fans who attended the 2019 AFL Anzac Day clash in Melbourne, VIC

Heroes/role models

Dimebag Darrell

Favourite quote
Keep on keeping on


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 1.0

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