Cobi Crispin

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Quick Facts

Right leg limb deficiency (born without femur)
How acquired
Date of Birth
Thu, 22/12/1988
Hawthorn, VIC
Student/athlete/massage therapist
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience
Beijing 2008, London 2012
Liesl Tesch
Career Highlights
Playing in the bronze medal game in Beijing, winning silver in London 2012
Greatest Moment
Playing for Australia


As one of the youngest members of the team at the Beijing 2008 Games, in London 2012 Cobi Crispin had matured to one of the best players for the Gliders. Now a lynchpin in the team’s setup, Cobi has enjoyed both team and individual success throughout her career.

She took up wheelchair basketball in 2003, after already having an interest in hockey, swimming and touch football. In just three short years she was named the most valuable player in the Northern Challenge in 2006.

Representing Australia for the first time that same year, her first major tournament was the Beijing 2008 Paralympics where she helped the team win a bronze medal. She has been a feature of every Gliders team since and was instrumental in the team’s silver medal win in London, scoring 47 points to be the team’s highest point scorer of the Games.

Cobi was born without a femur bone but does not consider her disability to be a hindrance. Rather she thinks it may have got her out of several spots of trouble. The outgoing young woman thinks some people may see her as crazy and fun, but no one can deny the talent she portrays on the court.

A qualified massage therapist, Cobi grew up in Mackay, Queensland, before moving states. She has regularly moved residence, having lived in Western Australia before moving to her current home in Victoria. Living by the motto “train hard and win,” Cobi fits in well with the team’s hard working and determined ethos.

Sport & Disciplines

Sport: Wheelchair Basketball
Classification: 4.0