CEO Address to Westminster Forum

CEO GB Wheelchair Rugby Address to the Westminster Forum 13 July 2017 Thank you for inviting me to speak today. I was struck by a phrase Liz Nicholl, CEO UK Sport used in an article for Inside the Games, she said ‘we know what it takes to win and what it costs to win - we believe the investments we have made for Tokyo will inspire a nation’. Let’s unpick that a little – we are told that medals are the measurable success criteria an...
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UK Strongman raising money for GBWR

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Five years ago Andrew Kennedy had to give up playing rugby union following a broken leg and damage to his knee. Three years later he began his strongman training and in 2016, the 40-year-old from South Shields became the UK truck pulling champion. Now in the build up to defending his title in August 2017, Kennedy has set himself a fundraising target of £2,500 with all proceeds going to GBWR to help get the national team to the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Kennedy said: “Having seen that GBWR had their funding cut and hearing about what the athle...
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Level 2 Coaching Course

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GBWR will be running a Level 2 coaching course in November and December 2017. 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Wheelchair Rugby (QCF) is a four-day course and will take place at the University of Gloucestershire, Oxtalls Campus, Oxtalls Lane, Longlevens, Gloucester. Each day will run from 09:00-17:00 on 4th/5th November and 16th/17th December and will cost £325 for GBWR members (£375 for non members). Learners are required to take an active part in all four days of the course. For more information please contac...
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GB claim record sixth European title

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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby have made history, winning an unprecedented sixth IWRF European Championships gold medal following a 49-41 victory over Sweden. Winning the tournament now means that the squad have automatically qualified for the World Championships, which are to be held in Sydney, Australia, next year. Captain Chris Ryan told the GBWR official website: “I feel amazing and what a performance against Sweden. As reigning champions we had to come here and defend the title and I am so proud of us all.” The game was close throughout t...
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GB to face Sweden for European glory

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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby are on the verge of wining back-to-back European Championships and win their sixth title since the competition began in 1995. Following a solid and professional display against a very good France team, GB will face Sweden in tomorrow’s finale, a repeat of the 2015 final in Finland. After beating France 54-41 today, the team had to wait to find out who there opponents were, with Denmark and Sweden taking to the court in the final game of the day. Sweden talisman Tobias Sandberg steamrolled over the line in the last sec...
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