Colin Harrison

Name: Colin Harrison


Disability: Physical Impairment – Right arm limb loss – Acquired through cancer


Sport: Para-Sailing - Sonar Three Person


Age: 55


Paralympic Experience: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.


Dates Competing:


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


Bio Information:


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.