- Number: 9
- Hometown: Nashville, IL
Bio: The day Eric Newby left in-patient rehab was the day he started playing wheelchair rugby, just five weeks after breaking his neck in 2006. He didn’t even stop at home after leaving the rehab facility before going to his very first practice with the St. Louis Rugby Club. Watching Murderball in rehab and meeting the head coach of the St. Louis team was all that it took for this Nashville, IL native to immediately fall in love with the sport. Now, nearly 20 years later, Newby is a seasoned veteran on the USA Wheelchair Rugby roster and was named co-captain, along with Chuck Aoki, of the 2023 squad. His love for the sport is fueled by its intense, high-impact nature combined with the sense of family he has with his teammates. And after nine years on the national team and numerous medals – including two Paralympic silver medals – that love still burns strong as he has moved into a leadership role on the team. He is looking forward to helping create a new identity for this USAWR team, which he calls young, gritty and scrappy. Being a role model is nothing new for Newby. As a father to his daughter and new son, which he and his wife Megan welcomed in 2023, and an uncle to seven nephews, he takes pride in being looked up to as a mentor. Family is extremely important to Newby, and he calls them his biggest supporters and credits their support for a lot of his early success in the sport. When he’s not representing USAWR on the international stage, you can find Newby in the gym or cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals. He also works for the Disabled Athlete Sports Association in St. Louis as the marketing coordinator.