I’ve been a bit quiet but activity is booming!

I’m not one to share much of my personal life but I just have to to say a very big thank you to all of you who have been so kind in sending me texts, emails, cards and phone messages of condolence on the death of my mum. Your thoughts really meant a great deal and reminded me again of how special the rugby family is. My team has been brilliant as usual and activity continues to be frantic! We have now put the UK Sport investment bid to bed and we await decisions on funding which we will know on 9 December and which I will share with you as soon as I can. This week Kirsty and I have been working flat out on our Sport England bid. The deadline for submitting this is 14 November so we will...
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Looking Forward to Rio and Much More

I was watching the weather forecast on Thursday night and the presenter announced that summer was officially over. My wife looked at me waiting for a reaction because I am one of those people who really struggles with the winter – I just hate those dark mornings and the days closing in from mid afternoon, and I long for the bright blue Cornish skies of spring and summer. But at the moment I am so excited about all that we have going on in the sport that I have not got time to think about the impending gloom of winter! Take this weekend, we had Paul Arnold, Luke White and Stuart McLindon delivering wheelchair rugby sessions in the West Car Park at Twickenham for the London double header mat...
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Another Wonderful Games

These were a marvellous Olympics in a marvellous city’, said IOC boss Thomas Bach, and I agree with him! Hosting the games is a monumental undertaking and against all the other political, economic and social challenges that Brazil faces, Rio and all involved in the organisation and delivery of the games can be proud of what they achieved. I have often been disappointed for the people of Brazil when I have read and heard so many criticisms of the things that others have thought should be better or different. I know from my time travelling in the Navy that the Brazilian people are a fun people, generous, giving and humble – they will have wanted everyone to have had a great time and I am s...
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Rugby Caps

So we now know that we will play Australia, the London 2012 Paralympic Gold medallists in our first game in Rio. There is no pretending that this is anything but a tough draw as Australia have been consistently in the medals for a very long time and have in Ryley Batt perhaps the best player in the world. We have always had a close relationship with Brad Dubberley and his team, we respect them enormously but we are ready for this big game. Our mainly young athletes and coach have learned a great deal about themselves and the opposition since 2012 and know that they have to be playing the best in the world if they are to start to break into the medals. They will take heart from the England ru...
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Rio Gets Ever Closer

It’s the end of a busy week but just before I return home to Cornwall I would like to thank those of you who attended the AGM on Wednesday and those who sent in their proxy votes. It was good for the management team to be able to present some of the work that we have been doing this year and also to outline what next is planned. The Annual Report and Accounts for the year are on the website which includes my detailed report of the year. I have also uploaded the AGM presentation here if you want to take a look. I know that everyone enjoyed hearing from Paul Shaw who updated us all on the GB squad and gave us ...
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Next Up Bristol

When I first joined GBWR the summer months were relatively quiet apart from any international tournaments that may have been taking place - how things have changed! June has started with a packed programme of activity. Rugby in Wales featured first with the inaugural Ospreys Challenge Cup. The LC Swansea played host to a tournament between Ospreys Wheelchair Rugby, Solent Sharks, RGC and I Dogi (a representative side from the Venetian region in Italy). With a festival feel the event included fantastic community support through a whole series of taster sessions. The event clearly demonstrates how strong the rugby family can be and we look forward to working more closely with the Ospr...
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