Playing the Game and So Much More

Last weekend saw the Lord's Taverners Junior Wheelchair Rugby National Championships take place at Stoke Mandeville with 50 young people playing across 2 age groups – U14 and U18. This was the first tournament most of the U14s had ever played and they were understandably very excited and a little nervous at the same time. In the U14 final Northampton Saints chalked a win in the final over Scarlets 10-5, whilst Ospreys won over Mapleford Saints 11-8 to take 3rd place. The U18s competition was i...
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GB Win Gold at Four Nations in USA

There are many of us who will have related to the tweet on Saturday from one of the respected elders of our sport, himself a distinguished Paralympian, which read: ‘waited 20 years to start seeing our sides being successful overseas’.  Winning the Four Nations Tournament in Lakeshore Alabama this week was a big moment – not because the team suddenly has any illusions that the job is done and they are now top of the world, but because they have broken through what had become a see...
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Looking to the Future

It’s really pleasing to see our talent system coming to life and for the young athletes in the squad to have the opportunity to travel abroad and to experience what it is like to take part in an international competition. The last weekend of April saw the talent team fly out to Frankfurt, Germany to play in their first overseas tournament where they got to compete against Israel, the Czech Republic, Finland and a development team from Germany. After a nervous start in their first game against ...
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Really Great Days!

Perhaps the most important development event we support each year is the Spinal Unit Games and this year’s has been no exception. On Tuesday we were at Stoke Mandeville to introduce the games to 117 adults from all over the UK who have recently encountered life changing injuries which have resulted in various degrees of paralysis. The games are an important part of their rehabilitation as they discover not just wheelchair rugby, but over 20 sports and activities. The Games are also an opportun...
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Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Building on the City’s Sporting Heritage

Leicester has a proud history of sporting excellence and from the days when I was a student at Loughborough in the 70s before teaching in the city for a while at Lancaster School for Boys, I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Leicester. So many sporting legends have hailed from here: Leicestershire County Cricket Club boasted the greats of David Gower and Ray Illingworth; Leicester City FC counts Gordon Banks, Peter Shilton, Gary Lineker and Frank Worthington among its star players; and th...
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What I’m Looking Forward to in 2019

I’m always quite excited at the start of a new year – it’s a chance to move on from the things I would like to forget about the year just ended and it’s an opportunity to look forward to the good things planned for the year ahead. There is certainly a lot happening for GBWR in 2019 and I thought I might share the top 8 things I’m excited about as we go into 2019. 1. King Power Quad Nations 1-3 March sees the King Power 2019 Quad Nations return to the Leicester Aren...
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