Ryley Batt is one of the greatest wheelchair rugby players the world has ever seen.
For a long time – 12 years, in fact – Ryley had avoided using a wheelchair. All he wanted was to be one of the boys, so he used a skateboard to get around instead. And were it not for a timely visit by two-time Paralympian Brad Dubberley to Ryley’s school in Port Macquarie, NSW, he may still be rolling around on four wheels.
Just three years after meeting Brad, Ryley made his Paralympic debut as the youngest ever wheelchair rugby player to compete at the Paralympic Games. He reached the Paralympic podium for the first time four years later at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, and led the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, to their first Paralympic gold medal in 2012. Incredibly, in the gold medal match alone, Ryley scored 37 of the …Read More