Few can accuse Paralympic gold medallist Jason ‘Banger’ Lees of not living life to the fullest. Renowned for his on-court intimidation of some of the world’s most fearless athletes, he is also an avid drag racer, heavy metal aficionado and beginner sit-skier.

Since making his international debut at the 2009 IWRF Asia-Oceania Zone Championship in Christchurch, New Zealand, Jason has enjoyed considerable success with the Australian wheelchair rugby team, the Steelers.

Between 2012 and 2016, he was a part of three history-making line-ups, contributing to the Steelers’ 51-66 defeat of Canada in the gold medal match at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and 67-56 defeat of Canada at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark, to win their first Paralympic gold medal and first world title.

Following these stunning victories, the Steelers then became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals …

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Date of birth
1 March 1977
Wheelchair rugby
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Motocross accident
Lara, VIC
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Heroes/role models

Glenn Archer, Adam Gilchrist


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 1.0

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