Triple Paralympian Erik Horrie is a three-time Paralympic medallist and a five-time para-rowing world champion.
After a car accident at 21 years of age left him a paraplegic, Erik took up wheelchair basketball and went on to represent Australia. He was a member of the Australian men’s team, the Rollers, that won gold at the 2009 IWBF Oceania Championships.
In 2011, Erik switched to rowing despite not having even sat in a rowing boat before. Within 12 months the Penrith Local had won a bronze medal in the PR1 single sculls at the 2011 World Championships. In 2012, he competed at his first Paralympic Games in London where he won silver.
The NSWIS athlete three consecutive PR1 M1X world championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and then again in 2017 and 2018 where he broke his own world’s best time. Erik was selected to his second Australian Paralympic Team for the Rio 2016 Games, where he defended his Paralympic silver medal.
In 2014 Erik was presented with the World Rowing Para Rower of the Year Medal by the World Rowing Federation.
Returning to the Paralympic arena for the third time for the Tokyo 2020 Games, Erik made history by becoming the first rower to win three Paralympic medals after adding a third silver to the two he had previously claimed in London and Rio.
Erik is a member of the NSWIS Athlete Advisory Group.