Nathan Stapleton’s Spinal Injury Recovery

Nathan Stapleton is a loving father, husband and former professional athlete who suffered a severe Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) while playing rugby for his local club, the Boorowa Goldies.

Nathan was hospitalised after fracturing his neck while playing country rugby union on 9 April 2022 in West Wyalong. Unfortunately, Nathan severely injured his spinal cord during contact and required significant medical assistance. Through an incredible effort from members of each club, Nathan was given first aid until paramedics could arrive. Once stabilised, Nathan was airlifted to receive emergency medical treatment in Sydney.

Nathan has begun his recovery in hospital, and whilst he shows improvement each day, the extent of his injuries and long term impact remain unclear. Nathan’s spinal cord has been damaged at the C4 level of his cervical vertebrae. At this stage, the injury has left Nathan a quadriplegic, paralysed from the shoulders down. While the Stapleton family remain hopeful that Nathan will regain some movement, it has become clear that Nathan will require long term support and care.

Anyone who knows Nathan can attest to his determination and incredible work ethic. He has demonstrated this through his success playing in the NRL with both the Cronulla Sharks and the Sydney Roosters. There is no doubt that Nathan will bring that same determination and commitment to his rehab and recovery. There is no limit to what Nathan can achieve!

In his personal life, Nathan is fiercely passionate about his family, son Harry (18-months) and wife Kate. Nathan and Kate are expecting their second child in July. While it has been a devastating time, Kate and Nathan remain incredibly optimistic and are determined not to let this injury define them.

Any funds raised will support Nathan’s recovery and his young family. This may include medical expenses, rehabilitation, modifications to home/vehicles, accommodation/travel for Kate and the children, and any other support required for Nathan’s ongoing recovery.

A special thank you to the Boorowa Goldies family, Cronulla Sharks, Rugby Australia and everyone who has offered their thoughts and support. Kate and Nathan are overwhelmed and encouraged by the outpouring of love. They will do their best to keep everyone informed throughout Nathan’s recovery.

My name is Kirstie (Nathan’s sister-in-law) and I am organising this fundraiser on behalf of the extended Stapleton family. There is a mountain ahead of Nathan and our family as he begins his recovery and prepares for the birth of his second child. All money raised will go towards his extensive rehabilitation and recovery for the long journey ahead.

We cannot say enough how thankful we are and from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for supporting Nathan.

With love and gratitude,
The Stapleton Family

Stay strong, Stapo!


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    • $100 
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Organizer and beneficiary

Kirstie Appler 
Organizer
Murringo NSW
Nathan Stapleton 
Beneficiary