Live each day like it is your last
- Home town:
Bayswater North, VIC
Four Wheel driving, buggies
- Occupation / Area of Study / Work:
- Hero / Most Admired Athlete:
Peter Brock ,Craig Lowdnes
- Date of birth:
7 July 1987
- Home Club:
Physical Impairment – Quadriplegia
- Olympic / Paralympic History:
2012 London Paralympics - GOLD
2016 Rio Paralympics - GOLD
2020 Tokyo Paralympics
- Sporting Highlights:
Andrew Harrison was 17 when he was first introduced to wheelchair rugby – by none other than three-time Paralympian Bryce Alman. He would go on to win two Paralympic gold medals from two Paralympic Games, and firmly establish himself among the best 2.0 players in the game.
Andrew first represented Australia at the 2007 Chris Handy Cup in Invercargill, New Zealand, but after narrowly missing selection to the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, it was another two years before he saw his next international start with the Steelers.
Victory at the London 2012 Paralympic Games marked the beginning of an incredible run of success for Andrew, culminating in the Steelers’ epic 59-58 defeat of the USA in a double-overtime thriller at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, where they became the first team in wheelchair rugby history to win consecutive Paralympic gold medals and a world title in a four-year period.
Although Andrew missed the 2014 International Wheelchair Rugby Federation Wheelchair Rugby World Championships – and therefore, Australia’s only world title to date – he played a crucial role in helping to secure silver at both the 2010 and 2018 editions. And even still, 2014 was a mammoth year for Andrew – he received a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to sport, and prepared for the birth of his son, Jack, who was born on 1 January 2015.
Andrew has never taken for granted, the honour it is to wear the Australian green and gold, and with a little over a year until the Steelers return to the international spotlight for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, he is as determined as ever to do his country proud. He says that every time he plays, he represents Australia to the best of his ability, and to date, his best has seen him win two Paralympic medals. The odds of bringing home a third from Tokyo are in his favour.
Credit: Paralympics Australia