It was not always Richard ‘Dickie’ Voris’ 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.

The Paralympic movement has changed Richard’s life – it was through wheelchair rugby that he was able to rediscover his independence, and eventually manage without carers; through wheelchair rugby that …

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Date of birth
14 May 1991
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

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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