Quick Facts

How acquired
Birth
Disability
Physical Impairment – Double-hand and leg limb deficiency
Sport
Wheelchair Rugby
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 back-to-back Paralympic gold at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Bio

Paralympic superstar Ryley Batt was first introduced to wheelchair rugby as a 12-year-old at a demonstration event at his school. Having used a skateboard to move around up until this time, it wasn’t long before he adapted to being a wheelchair user, making his Paralympic debut at Athens 2004 just a few years later where, at 15, he became the youngest ever wheelchair rugby athlete to compete at a Paralympic Games.

Re-classified in Athens from a 2.5 ‘mid-pointer’ to a 3.5 ‘high-pointer’, Ryley was required to take on new responsibilities on the court, seeing him lift his game to a new level by consistently carrying nearly half the Steelers’ total points.

Widely regarded as the best wheelchair rugby player in the world, Ryley led the Steelers to their first ever Paralympic gold in 2012, scoring 160 goals throughout the tournament including 37 in the gold medal match, developing a cult following of wheelchair rugby fans along the way.

Reaffirming his dominance at the 2014 IWRF World Championship in Odense, Denmark two years later, Ryley scored 45 goals in the gold medal match against rivals Canada to win Australia’s first ever world championship crown.

Off the back of these results, the Steelers became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title in a four-year period, defeating the USA 59-58 in a double-overtime thriller at Rio 2016.

Naming motocross star Travis Pastrana among his greatest all-time heroes, Ryley enjoys riding motorbikes and quad bikes in his spare time.

Based in Port Macquarie on the NSW Mid-North Coast, he received the key to the city following his gold medal-winning performance at London 2012.

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair Rugby Classification: 3.5