Three-time Paralympian Tige Simmons is one of the most respected members of the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team. Making his Rollers debut in 2002, Tige began his career on top, winning gold at the 2002 FESPIC Games in Busan, South Korea and 2003 and 2004 Kitakyushu Cups in Kitakyushu, Japan.

Continuing his winning streak, Tige was also a part of the team that won gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, defeating long-time adversary Canada 72-60 in the final. He describes these Games as his best to date, having achieved Paralympic gold on debut.

Following on from the success of Beijing, Tige and the Rollers also won gold at the 2009 Paralympic World Cup, 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship and 2011 Asia-Oceania Championships, before enjoying an unbeaten run to the London 2012 finals to claim silver.

Shockingly, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games the Rollers were eliminated from …

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Date of birth
5 May 1977
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Paraplegia
How acquired
Motorcycle accident
Fairfield, QLD
Marketing coordinator
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Greatest sporting moments

Beijing 2008 Opening Ceremony

Heroes/role models

Lleyton Hewitt


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 1.0

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