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Erik Horrie OAM
NSW
ATHLETE STATISTICS
Date of Birth 17/10/1979
Coach Jason Baker OAM
Nickname Egg
Height 187cm
Weight 74kgs
Hometown Penrith, Australia
Hobbies Triathlon, Cycling, Swimming
Club NSWIS/Sydney Rowing Club
Previous Rowing Clubs/School Dragons
Erik Horrie had a truly eventful Games campaign when he competed at his first Paralympic Games in London. The day after his first heat, he suffered a seizure which saw him admitted to hospital. Having made a promise to himself years earlier that he would race and win a medal in London, he pushed on and made the final, where he won silver and then learnt the news that his fianceé had given birth to a baby boy. When he was 21, Horrie was involved in a car accident that left him with paraplegia. He began to play wheelchair basketball and in 2009 he made his debut for Australia and with the Rollers won gold in a World Cup qualifier and gold at the 2009 IWBF Oceania Championships. He made the transition to rowing in 2011 when he won a bronze medal in the single sculls at the World Championships in his first year in the sport. Since London, Horrie won back to back World Championship titles in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and represented Australia in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where he picked up another silver medal in the PR1 (Arms and Shoulders) Men's Single Scull. The Penrith local, who originates from the Gold Coast in Queensland, is currently studying Youth Work and Public Speaking. In 2017, he was named in the Australian Rowing Team for the 2017 World Rowing Championships, competing in the PR1 Men's Single Scull. He went on to win gold at the event, racing over 2000m for the first time and setting a World's Best Time. In 2018, Horrie repeated this performance, winning gold for the second consecutive year. At the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, held in 2021, Horrie produced a patient but tactically strong race in the Final, holding his line and trusting that he had the power in the end to pull ahead to take his third Paralympic silver medal in this boat class. In 2022, Erik raced at the Gavirate Para-Rowing International Regatta where he won Bronze in Regatta 1. Erik continued his season racing at World Cup 1 in Belgrade, Serbia where he won Gold and then won Silver at World Cup 2 in Poznan, Poland. At the 2022 World Championships held in Račice, Czech Republic, Horrie qualified for the A Final in the Men’s PR1 Men’s Single Scull and finished in fourth position.   
Career Achievements
Class Year Race Position
PR1 M1x 2022 World Rowing Cup 2 Second Place
PR1 M1x 2022 World Rowing Cup 1 First Place
PR1 M1x 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games Second Place
PR1 M1x 2019 World Rowing Championships Third Place
PR1 M1x 2019 World Rowing Cup 2 Second Place
PR1 M1x 2018 World Rowing Championships First Place
PR1 M1x 2017 World Rowing Championships First Place
PR1 M1x 2016 Rio Paralympic Games Second Place
PR1 M1x 2016 World Rowing Cup 3 Third Place
PR1 M1x 2015 World Rowing Championships First Place
PR1 M1x 2015 World Rowing Cup II, Varese First Place
PR1 M1x 2014 World Rowing Championships First Place
PR1 M1x 2013 World Rowing Championships First Place
PR1 M1x 2012 London Paralympic Games Second Place
PR1 M1x 2012 Munich World Cup First Place
PR1 M1x 2011 World Rowing Championships Third Place