Ryley’s paralympic Journey
For 12 years, Ryley avoided using a wheelchair – opting instead for a skateboard – to feel more comfortable with his peers at school.
But luckily, thanks to a timely visit from two-time Paralympian Brad Dubberley, Ryley was inspired to pursue a career in Paralympic sport.
Today, he is a once-in-a-generation athlete.
Ryley made his Paralympic debut as the youngest wheelchair rugby player in the world to compete at the Paralympic Games. He went on to compete at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games before leading the Australian wheelchair rugby team - the Steelers - to their first gold medal in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
After helping win the Steelers’ first world title in 2014, Ryley made history as a member of the first wheelchair rugby team to win consecutive London 2012 Paralympic gold medals and a World Championship title over a four-year period.
Ryley will be heading to Tokyo 2020 - his fifth Paralympic Games - as co-captain of the Australian Paralympic Rugby Team.
Ryley has had two team training camps – in between flood lock-ins and Covid lockdowns – with training intensity now increasing as the Games approach.