In 1991, Brent Poppen got into a wrestling accident at a church camp. A spinal cord injury ended his hopes of continuing his collegiate athletic career, but he soon found solace in wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis. A two sport Paralympic athlete, Poppen won a bronze medal in wheelchair rugby at the 2004 Games in Athens and competed in wheelchair tennis in Beijing.

As a current member of the Rugby National High Performance Program, Poppen continues encourage others through motivational speaking and by using his accomplishments towards his work in a foundation to help others with disabilities.

Poppen works as a substitute teacher and when not training or competing, enjoys speaking to kids, water skiing and spending time with his family.

Major Achievements:

  • 2008: U.S. Paralympic Team member, Wheelchair Tennis - Paralympic Games, Beijing, China
  • 2008: Tennis World Cup Team Member
  • 2008: Australian Open Semi-Finalist
  • 2007: First place - Canadian Open
  • 2007: Gold medal - World Team Cup
  • 2007: Doubles Champion - Japan Open Tennis Championships
  • 2006: National Quad Rugby Champion
  • 2004: Bronze medal, Wheelchair Rugby - Paralympic Games, Athens, Greece
  • 2003: Silver medal - Wheelchair Rugby World Games
  • 1998: National Quad Rugby Champion
  • 1997: National Quad Rugby Champion
  • 1996: National Quad Rugby Champion