Russell Boaden

Name: Russell Boaden


Disability: Physical Impairment – Brachial plexus – Acquired through motorcycle accident


Sport: Para-Sailing - Sonar Three Person


Age: 46


Paralympic Experience: Beijing 2008


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:


Russell was involved in a motorbike accident when he was 22-years-old, damaging his brachial plexus. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves which runs from the spine.

He began sailing when he was 32-years-old at the Royal Perth Yacht Club.

Two years after he began sailing Russell debuted for Australia at the 2006 World Cup in Rochester, New York.

Boaden was part of the bronze medal winning three-person sonar crew in Beijing 2008.

Russell has a superstition which leads him to wear a knee brace in every competition, despite the fact that it is not required.

Apart from sailing Boaden hopes to one day represent Australia in golf at the Paralympics.