Librarian by day, wheelchair rugby player by night. Impressive, right? If not, Shae Graham is also the first female athlete to represent Australia in wheelchair rugby. How’s that for wow factor?!

When Shae was 18, she was a backseat passenger in a car crash. Her friend, who was speeding down a quiet residential street in Mackay, QLD, lost control of the wheel and crashed into the side of a house. Shae fractured her spine and pelvis, and suffered a brain injury and ruptured bladder.

Although Shae had been active prior to the accident, she ignored Para-sport for almost a decade, before making and losing a bet with her brother, and giving wheelchair rugby a go. Five years later, she made her international debut at the 2019 Four Nations in Alabama, USA, where she played big minutes for the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, and impressed the coaching staff and …

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Date of birth
16 December 1986
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Spinal cord injury
How acquired
Car accident
Moonee Ponds, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Playing in the 2018 Wheelchair Rugby National Championship in Sydney, NSW, where she was named Best New Talent

Favourite quote
Life's not that hard


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 2.5

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