Eric was born in Queensland and served an apprenticeship as a boilermaker. In 1971 while playing professional Rugby League in Port Moresby he crashed his car and sustained a spinal cord injury. Eric was rehabilitated in Brisbane and as he says it was "the beginning of a different life path".

Inspired by athletes training at the Spinal Injuries Unit, Eric represented Australia at 18 international competitions, winning 26 gold medals (four Paralympic) and setting 14 world records in field events. In administration he served on State, National and then International Committees, in addition he is a level 2 Coach and International Classifier.

In 1985 Eric was inducted into the Rotary Club of Adelaide, moving to the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks in 1989. He has twice served as President of Adelaide Parks. At District level Eric served two years as an Assistant Governor, is currently Chair of the Vocational Committee and is on the Public Relations Committee.
In 1981 Eric was awarded an MBE and an Advance Australia Award, in 2003 his Club presented him with a PHF and then Sapphire Pin this year. Eric was made a Life Member of Wheelchair Sports SA in 2007.
Eric's hobbies include motor sport, both Rugby codes, cricket and Julie says the Crows, but quality time is spent in his home workshop making and mending all manner of things.

Meeting Julie, who also represented Australia in wheelchair sport, and deciding to marry her in 1979 after only thirteen days in each others' company was, as Eric put it, "the best quick decision of my life". Julie's support was pivotal in Eric's decision to seek nomination as District Governor.

With the belief that the strength of Rotary is in its Clubs and Club strength is its members, Eric is excited at the opportunity to serve those members.