Ryley Batt was first introduced to wheelchair rugby as a 12-year-old at a demonstration event at his school. Although he had used a skateboard up until then to get around, it did not take him long to adapt to using a wheelchair, and three years later he made his Paralympic debut at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. At 15, Ryley was the youngest ever wheelchair rugby player to compete at a Paralympic Games.

Four years later, he reached the Paralympic podium for the first time, and in 2012, he led the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, to their first Paralympic gold medal. In the gold medal match alone, Ryley scored 37 goals against Canada and cemented his status as one of the world’s best wheelchair rugby players.

After winning his first world title at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark, Ryley made history as a …

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Date of birth
22 May 1989
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Double hand and leg limb deficiency
How acquired
Congenital
Residence
Port Macquarie, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2002
First competed for Australia
2003
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Travis Pastrana

Favourite quote
If you can dream it, you can do it - Tom Fitzgerald

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 3.5

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