Name: Colin Harrison
Impairment – Right arm limb loss – Acquired through cancer
- Sonar Three Person
Experience: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Day 6: Three-Person Keelboat, Sonar
Day 7: Three-Person Keelboat, Sonar
Day 8: Three-Person Keelboat, Sonar
Day 9: Three-Person Keelboat, Sonar
Day 10: Three-Person Keelboat, Sonar
Growing up in the UK, Colin was first introduced to
sailing at a youth holiday camp in Northern Wales, as a teenager.
When Harrison moved to Australia it was discovered that
he had cancer in his shoulder. After several operations along with radiotherapy
Colin’s arm eventually had to be amputated. This resulted in him giving up
sailing for a short while.
Colin returned to the sport and debuted for Australia at
the 2002 IFDS World Championship in the Netherlands.
With previous success at the Paralympics, including a
medal in Beijing and strong performances in Athens and London, Harrison and his
crew will again be looking to take a medal position in Rio.
Colin’s three person sonar crew has had a very successful
lead in to Rio 2016, winning two World Cup gold medals in 2015 and an additional
silver medal earlier this year.