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Darren Belling

Para Ice Hockey


Impairment information

Origin of Impairment

Further personal information

Business Owner
Higher education
Prosthetics and Orthotics - University of the Sunshine Coast: Sippy Downs, QLD, AUS

Sport specific information

Club / Team
Queensland Wolverines: Brisbane, QLD, AUS
Name of coach
Gary Farmer [national], GBR
Preferred position / style / stance / technique

General interest

Jeep racing, go-karting, drag racing, car restoration, wheelchair tennis. (, 15 Aug 2016)
He was unable to play sport for six months in 2008 after he fractured his spine in two places. (, 15 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Even though things go wrong in life, good things can still come." (, 24 Nov 2017)
Awards and honours
He was part of the torch relay for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sydney, carrying the torch through Caloundra, QLD, Australia. (, 15 Aug 2016)
Other sports
Prior to his accident he competed in speed skating and ice hockey at state level in Australia. He has been part of the Australian wheelchair basketball team, and also played at state level in wheelchair rugby league. (, 24 Nov 2017;, 15 Aug 2016)
In 1984 his car was hit by a drunk driver. He broke three vertebrae in his neck and four vertebrae in his back in the crash, and also sustained injuries to his head and his wrist. (, 14 Nov 2018; Spirit Martial Arts YouTube channel, 20 Feb 2018;, 24 Nov 2017)
Other information
He is the founder of 'Weelz Downunder', a custom designed sports equipment company for athletes with an impairment in Mooloolah, QLD, Australia. (Facebook profile, 29 Jan 2019; Facebook page, 26 Jan 2019)

He is co-founder of the Adaptive Armwrestling Federation of Australia [AAFA]. He also helped set up the Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League [QWRL] competition. (, 24 Nov 2017, 15 Aug 2016)