Russell Boaden first began sailing in 2004 as part of Royal Perth Yacht Club’s Sailability program, designed to facilitate sailing for people with a disability. Making his international debut in 2006, Russell competed at his first IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships in Rochester, USA the following year, where he and his crew placed eighth. At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, Russell exceeded expectations when he and teammates Colin Harrison and Graeme Martin won bronze in the 3-person keelboat, matching silver medallists France on points. Russell returned to the international stage in 2013, combining with Colin and Jonathan Harris to win two bronze medals and a silver at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 IFDS World Disabled Sailing Championships, respectively. Taking this form with them into Rio 2016, they were dominant throughout their Games campaign, placing first in three races and second in four to win their first ever Paralympic gold… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Brachial plexus palsy
Private: Sailing
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Date of Birth
December 15, 1969
Hamel, WA
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Beijing 2008, Rio 2016

Career Highlights

Winning bronze at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Greatest Moment

West Coast Eagles winning the AFL grand final in 2006

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Private: Sailing Disciplines: 3-person keelboat (Sonar) Classification: 4