From the country town of Horsham in Victoria to the heights of American wheelchair basketball, Jannik Blair is a star in the making.

Jannik first started playing wheelchair basketball in 2005, making his National Wheelchair Basketball League debut with the Dandenong Rangers. His form as a one-pointer caught the attention of Australian coach Ben Ettridge, and in 2009 he was selected to represent Australia at the Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Dandenong.

Now central to the Rollers’ success, Jannik helped lead them to victory at the 2011 Asia Oceania Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Goyang, South Korea, and a podium finish at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, where they endured a 6-point loss to Canada in the final.

Shockingly, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Jannik’s Rollers were eliminated from gold medal contention in a 23-point loss to Great Britain in the quarter finals.

Country boy Jannik became a paraplegic …

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Date of birth
3 February 1992
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016, Tokyo 2020

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

Winning gold at the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Incheon, South Korea

Greatest sporting moments

Recovering from a 20-point deficit at half-time to reach the 2014 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship final

Heroes/role models

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