Wheelchair rugby superstar Ryley Batt was first introduced to the sport 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, and by the close of the Australian team’s campaign, he was the youngest ever to reach a quarter-final. This, despite being reclassified from a 2.5 ‘mid-pointer’ to a 3.5 ‘high-pointer’ just days out from his Paralympic debut. Showing maturity beyond his years, Ryley did not hesitate to take his game to the next level. In 2008 the Steelers reached the Paralympic podium for the first time, and in 2012 Ryley led them to their… Read More

Quick Facts

Disability
Physical Impairment – Double hand and leg limb deficiency
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
How acquired
Congenital
Date of Birth
May 22, 1989
Home
Port Macquarie, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started Competing
2002
First Competed for Australia
2003
Games Experience

Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Heroes

Travis Pastrana

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 3.5