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2 – 9 July 2023
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Ryan Morich

Ryan Morich

Sportsperson of the Year Award

Ryan Morich is a Noongar man from Western Australian, currently on a wheelchair basketball scholarship at the University of Alabama.

Ryan is the first Aboriginal person with disability to take up a sports scholarship in the USA. In his first year, he made the Intercollegiate All-Rookie Team.

In 2013, Ryan represented Australia at the Under 23 World Championships, where he led the team to a bronze medal win. He is currently a member of the Australian Rollers senior team.

Ryan is captain of the Red Dust Heelers – a wheelchair basketball team with a strong focus on unearthing future Aboriginal athletes with disability. Ryan is partnered with the Wheeling and Healing Program, which helps people deal with negative feelings arising from their disability. He helps others by sharing his story on cancer, limb loss and losing loved ones to cancer.

Ryan’s goal is to represent his country at the Paralympic games and to further opportunities for young people with disability.