Wheelchair rugby player Richard ‘Dickie’ Voris is on the verge of representing Australia at his first Paralympic Games.

But it was not always his dream to play wheelchair rugby. As a 19-year-old apprentice electrician, Richard was swimming in a mate’s backyard pool. The friend playfully tried to jump over him and into the water, but misjudged the distance, crushing Richard’s neck. He was paralysed immediately.

Richard’s journey to the Paralympic Games has not been an easy one – even by a Para-athlete’s standards. In 2016, while his teammates were defending their Paralympic gold medal from 2012, he contracted an autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis. He lost all function in his body – so much so, he couldn’t open his eyes for eight months – and from then on, was unable to achieve any consistency in his training.

Richard says that becoming a Paralympian is all he dreams about, and as …

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Date of birth
14 May 1991
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games


Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Swimming pool accident
Winmalee, NSW
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Representing Australia at the 2018 Texas Hold’em Wheelchair Rugby Tournament in Las Vegas, USA

Greatest sporting moments

Being a part of the NSW side that defeated Canada in 2017

Favourite quote
The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room - Frank Lucas


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 1.5

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