Rory Schlein

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Rory Schlein
Born (1984-09-01) 1 September 1984 (age 36)
Darwin, Northern Territory
Nationality Australian
Current club information
British league Wolverhampton Wolves
Poole Pirates
Swedish league Indianerna
Career history
Great Britain
2001–2004 Edinburgh Monarchs
2001–2002 Sheffield Tigers
2003–2004, 2011–2012 Belle Vue Aces
2005–2010 Coventry Bees
2008, 2017–2018 Ipswich Witches
2010 Peterborough Panthers
2013–2016 King's Lynn Stars
2017– Wolverhampton Wolves
2019–2020 Somerset Rebels
2021– Poole Pirates
2006–2007, 2015 Indianerna
2008 Smederna
2009 Dackarna
Individual honours
2000Australian Under-16 Champion
2003, 2004 Australian Under-21 Champion
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 South Australian Champion
2004, 2008, 2011, 2018 Scottish Open Champion
2005 Jack Young Solo Cup winner
2011, 2013 Elite League Riders Champion British Champion 2020
Team honours
2001 Premier Trophy
2001 Conference League
2004 Premier League
2007 Elite League
2007 Elite League KO Cup
2007 Craven Shield

Rory Robert Schlein (born 1 September 1984) [1] is an Australian speedway rider. He is the son of the 1974 Northern Territory solo champion Lyndon Schlein.



Born in Darwin, Northern Territory, Schlein was signed by the Edinburgh Monarchs in 2001 and won the Conference League championship that year while on loan at Sheffield Tigers. He won the Premier League championship with the Monarchs in 2003 and the Elite League championship with the Coventry Bees in 2007. Schlein has represented the Australia national speedway team at the 2006 and 2007 Speedway World Cup.

Schlein, who when home in Australia lives in the southern Adelaide suburb of Hallett Cove, won the Australian Under-21 Speedway Championship in 2003 and 2004 and finished 2nd to Chris Holder in 2005. He also won the South Australian Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 and he won the Australian Under-16 Championship at the Northline Speedway in his home town of Darwin in 2000.

In 2011 he won the Elite League Riders' Championship and won it for a second time in October 2013. [2]

In 2011 he rode for Belle Vue Aces in the Elite League. [3]

In May 2015, Schlein was seriously injured while riding for Orzel Lodz in Poland, breaking two vertebrae and damaging his lung and kidney, ending his season and initially with concern that he could be paralysed. [4] [5] His recovery was documented in the film Addicted To Speed: The Rory Schlein Story. [6] He returned to ride for King's Lynn Stars in 2016, but missed part of the early season with a shoulder injury, and after struggling to score well was dropped in August. [7] For 2017 he has signed to ride for Ipswich Witches in the SGB Championship. [8]

In 2020 he won the British Championship at the National Speedway Stadium in Manchester.

World Final Appearances

Individual Under-21 World Championship

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  1. Oakes, Peter (2004). British Speedway Who's Who. ISBN   0-948882-81-6.
  2. "Results: Saturday October 19",, 19 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013
  3. "Rory Schlein roars on", Manchester Evening News , 26 October 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2017
  4. Chard, Henry (2015) "Rory Schlein on his crash and his road to recovery", Sky Sports, 8 July 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2017
  5. "Rory Schlein: Speedway rider feared paralysis after Poland crash", BBC, 26 June 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2017
  6. "King's Lynn speedway star's crash recovery hits the big screen", Lynn News, 21 April 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017
  7. "King's Lynn Stars axe Rory Schlein and re-sign Nicklas Porsing", Wymondham and Attleborough Mercury, 26 August 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017
  8. Bacon, Mike (2016) "Signing for Ipswich was a ‘no brainer’ admits new boy Schlein", Ipswich Star , 29 November 2016. Retrieved 1 January 2017