As much at home in the water and on the snow as on land, Ben Fawcett was an avid surfer and snowboarder when a snowboarding accident at 18 changed the course of his life forever.

Causing irreparable damage to his neck in a horrific crash-landing, Ben spent nearly two months in hospital in New Zealand before he was cleared to travel home to Australia, where he spent another four months in a rehabilitation clinic.

To those who knew him, it came as no surprise when Ben began competing in wheelchair rugby in 2010, just two years after becoming a quadriplegic. As an intense, highly physical, full-contact sport, wheelchair rugby is perfectly suited to adrenaline junkies like Ben.

After being named Rookie of the Year in 2012, Ben enjoyed considerable success with the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers, in the four years that followed, culminating in their 59-58 defeat of …

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Date of birth
31 December 1990
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Snowboarding accident
Coimadai, VIC
Administration officer
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Making his international debut at the 2013 Wheelchair Rugby Tri-Nations in Sydney

Greatest sporting moments

Hawthorn winning back-to-back-to-back AFL premiership titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015

Heroes/role models

Travis Pastrana, Muhammad Ali, Shane Crawford


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 0.5

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