Six years ago, Jake Howe faced the very real prospect of never being able to hold his son. Just moments after texting his girlfriend, who was only three months pregnant at the time, to pick him up from a 21st birthday party, Jake was dropped on his head during a play fight with a mate on the Barrack Street Jetty in Perth.

In what can only be described as a freak accident, he was paralysed immediately, and spent the following months relearning how to use his hands, eat and shower.

Fast-forward to 2018 and Jake made his world championship debut at the 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney, where he won a silver medal.

Despite an unbeaten run to the gold medal match, Japan proved too strong for the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers. They returned from a five-try deficit in the third and fourth quarters, but …

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Date of birth
4 June 1991
Sport
Wheelchair rugby
Impairment
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Accident while partying with friends
Residence
Haynes, WA
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2013
First competed for Australia
2017
Sport career highlights

Competing at the 2018 Canada Cup in Vancouver, Canada

Heroes/role models

Dimebag Darrell

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 1.0

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