Quick Facts

How acquired
Car accident
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
Wheelchair Rugby
Date of Birth
March 3, 1982
Zillmere, QLD
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016


Jamie Carragher, Kostya Tszyu and his friend, Peter Hall

Greatest Moment

Liverpool winning the 2005 UEFA Champions League


Before becoming a quadriplegic as a passenger in a car accident at 16, four-time Paralympian and captain of the Australian wheelchair rugby team, Ryan Scott enjoyed playing football, soccer and basketball, riding motorbikes and surfing.

The force of the crash pinning Ryan’s head to his stomach, damaging his spinal cord on impact, he spent six months in rehabilitation and a further six months recuperating at home, before rediscovering his passion for sport through wheelchair rugby.

Making his international debut two years later, Ryan went on to represent Australia at six Oceania Zone Championships, three World Championships and four Paralympic Games, including captaining the Steelers to back-to-back victories at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Following a fifth place finish on debut in Athens, Ryan worked hard to achieve a podium finish at Beijing 2008, helping to secure silver in a 53-44 loss to the USA off the back of an undefeated run to the finals.

Central to the Steelers becoming the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, Ryan plays an important defensive role in the team, relocating to Brisbane from Adelaide to train with his Australian teammates more regularly.

His achievements haven’t come easily, and are the result of long-term commitment and hard work, combining a clever, strategic mind with an elevated training regime to be in top form to represent his country.

Outside of training and competition, Ryan enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and watching live sport and drag racing.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 0.5