Now in the midst of the qualifying process for Tokyo 2020 (postponed to August 2021), the first Paralympics to include Para badminton, he is typically understated about his prospects. “What I'm really aiming for is to become the best possible player I can, and I believe the rest will take care of itself,” he says.
His close friend and coach Kenneth Yew remembers coming across Corrie at the Hamilton Badminton Club many years ago. “Every now and then I'd see this guy that was running around with one leg,” says Kenneth. “I think Corrie's biggest strength as a Para athlete is that even though he's an amputee, he moves around just like an able-bodied person.”
Corrie’s dad Keith Robinson says his son always embodied a can-do attitude and great determination – at school, on the farm and in sport. “He saw things as a stepping stone rather than a stumbling block,” says Keith. “His disability never ever affected anything that he wanted to try and do. And both his mother Judy and I never ever held him back. If he wanted to have a crack at it, we let him have a go at it… And we are extremely proud of him. As time's gone on, he's been an inspiration to us with what he can do and the way he goes about things.”
When Corrie needed a kidney transplant at 23, both his parents offered to donate one. “My dad’s reaction was, ‘Mum gave me the children, so I’m going to look after them’,” remembers Corrie. To Keith’s disappointment, he wasn’t a match – but luckily Judy was.