Wheelchair rugby player Mick Ozanne was a soccer star in the making when a diving accident at 19 changed the course of his life. After diving head first into a shallow canal, what followed were the most terrifying moments of Mick’s life as he lay face down in the water unable to move or breathe. His mates rushed to his aid and rolled him onto his back, holding him afloat until an ambulance arrived. Devastated by the accident, Mick lost all hope of becoming an athlete; however, fast-forward to 2018 and he is on the verge of making history with the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, at the 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney. Since making his international debut five years ago at the 2013 Denmark Challenge in Odense, Denmark, Mick has achieved an impressive 73-33 win-loss record, including an unbeaten run to the final at the… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
How acquired
Diving accident
Date of Birth
April 28, 1987
Home
Wooloowin, QLD
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2010
First Competed for Australia
2013
Heroes

Ryan Scott

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 0.5