DROUIN’S Jayden Warn is on a high after winning gold with the wheelchair rugby team at the Paralympics at Rio.
The 22-year-old, who is the grandson of Wonthaggi’s Elaine and Alan McFayden and son of former Wonthaggi girl Kim Murphy (nee Hamilton), was part of the squad that went through the Paralympics undefeated.
Jayden was involved in a car accident as a 16-year-old in 2011, with his injuries leaving him a quadriplegic.
He fell in love with wheelchair rugby after being introduced to the sport during rehab, and quickly joined the Victorian team in 2012.
He was included in the Australian Steelers team in 2013 and was part of the 2014 world championship winning team.
The team overcome USA after double overtime in the Paralympic final, to win by one goal.
Jayden said it was a dream come true to win gold at Rio.
“I started in the squad just after the guys won gold at London and listening to them for the last three and a half years saying how good it was made it my goal to win gold at the Paralympics,” he said.
“We won every game we played and it was pretty close in a lot of the games. Everyone stepped up their game and there was four games decided in overtime and three in two days which is unheard of.
“We put ourselves into the record books, because no team has ever won gold at a Paralympics, followed by gold at the World Championships, then gold at the next Paralympics.”
Jayden trained three days a week in Essendon and three days a week in the gym in preparation for the tournament.
He said the Paralympics had a real family feel between the various athletes.
“Everyone followed each other’s progress and it was really good being around all the other sports and it was great to meet the other athletes and see everyone’s achievements.”