Wheelchair rugby player Mick Ozanne was a soccer star in the making when a diving accident at 19 changed the course of his life.

After diving head first into a shallow canal, Mick lay face down in the water unable to move or breathe. His mates rushed to his aid and rolled him onto his back, holding him afloat until an ambulance arrived.

Devastated by the accident, Mick lost all hope of becoming an athlete. However, fast-forward to 2018 and he made his world championship debut at the 2018 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Sydney, where he won a silver medal.

Since making his international debut five years ago at the 2013 Denmark Challenge in Odense, Denmark, Mick has achieved an impressive 73-33 win-loss record, including an unbeaten run to the final at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, where his defence earned him the recognition …

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Date of birth
28 April 1987
Wheelchair rugby
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
How acquired
Diving accident
Wooloowin, QLD
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the 2014 IWRF Wheelchair Rugby World Championship in Odense, Denmark

Heroes/role models

Ryan Scott


  • Sport: Wheelchair rugby Classification: 0.5

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