Coaching Team for European Championships Announced

While we await the decision on our representation to UK Sport to fund the GB squad for the Tokyo cycle, planning for this year’s European Championships continues with the announcement of our coaching team. Paul Shaw will continue as Head Coach following a very successful Rio cycle which saw the team become European Champions in 2015 and narrowly miss out on a semi-final place at the Rio Paralympic Games. Appointed as Assistant coaches are Rob Tarr and Darren Matthews. Rob Tarr is one of the most experienced players and coaches in the game. He represented GB in every major tournament between 1985- 2005 including 3 Paralympic Games, 3 World Championships and 4 European Championships, and ...
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Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Representation to UK Sport

On 19 December 2016, GBWR notified its intention to make representation to the UK Sport Board about its decision not to fund wheelchair rugby for the Tokyo cycle. In line with the procedure for making such a representation, GBWR will submit its written representation by 5pm on Tuesday 17 January. The criteria set by UK Sport for the purposes of such representation is that there should be significant new facts that the UK Sport Board did not consider when it made its decision, which shows with evidence that wheelchair rugby should have been placed into a higher merit band, which in turn may have attracted investment. GBWR has worked with Professor Tolfrey Director of the Peter H...
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Mike Spence Awarded MBE

Congratulations to Mike Spence who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. Mike has been recognised for his services to education as a school governor and Teaching Assistant at Manorbrook School in Thornbury, Bristol but is also recognised for his wider work in the community and for his services to disability sport. Mike was a school governor for over 14 years and in 2006 became a Teaching Assistant supporting hundreds of children on their learning journey over the years. As a former paralympian, Mike has been an inspirational role model for children, introducing them to the sport and to Paralympic events. Mike captained the Great Britain team at the European and World Champions...
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Message from Kevin Aitchison, Chair GBWR

I have always felt very privileged and honoured to be chair of the Board of GBWR. However, unfortunately the last few days can only be described as heartbreaking; my feelings of sadness and emotion are only tempered by my anger at the decision by UK Sport to no longer fund the elite end of wheelchair rugby here in Britain. This is a decision that not only has the potential to damage the hopes and dreams of our hard working athletes but, inevitably, it will also have an impact on the wider wheelchair rugby community in this country. As acknowledged by UK Sport, the last four ...
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UK Sport Funding: CEO Statement

This morning Lorraine and I took a call from Liz Nicholl the Chief Executive of UK Sport who informed us that we had been unsuccessful in our bid for further World Class Performance funding. Liz explained that UK Sport acknowledges the future potential of our squad and the progress we have made, but she explained there is just not enough money to fund all sports who have submitted investment proposals and that regrettably we fall outside the criteria of those who have been successful in securing Tokyo funding. I am sure you will be as stunned as Lorraine and I are about this news. It clearly has a huge impact on the future of our national team and it will also impact on the wider NGB. The...
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