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 …Read More