Few can accuse Paralympic wheelchair rugby player Jason ‘Banger’ Lees of taking a back seat to life. Renowned for his on-court intimidation of some of the world’s most fearless athletes, he is a two-time Paralympic gold medallist, off-road hand-cyclist and heavy metal fan.

In fact, it was a motocross accident at 23 which introduced Jason to wheelchair rugby, with the Australian Steelers enjoying unprecedented success off the back of his international debut at the 2009 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) Asia Oceania Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Between 2012 and 2016, Jason was a part of three history-making line-ups. In 2012, he won Australia’s first Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair rugby, and followed it with their first world title at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark. The Steelers then became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a world …

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Date of birth
27 February 1977
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Motocross accident
Residence
Lara, VIC
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2002
First competed for Australia
2009
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Defeating the USA in double-overtime to win the gold medal in wheelchair rugby at Rio 2016

Heroes/role models

Adam Gilchrist

Favourite quote
Losing will hurt more

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 1.0

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