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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As Optimistic As I Was This Time Last Year…

Photo credit: Anthony Hayton This time last year I commented that I was optimistic that 2018 was going to be a year to remember for all the right reasons, and looking back I think that optimism has proved well placed. We have continued to see new people join our sport, WR5s seems to have taken off very quickly, our Junior Programme in partnership with Lord’s Taverners is proving popular and the GB team had a very successful World Championship in Syd...
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Wheelchair Rugby – Something for Everyone

Along with the rest of the nation, and many others across the world, GBWR acknowledged all who have died in the cause of freedom by pausing the Super Series games on Sunday and spending 2 minutes in silent reflection. The Paralympic movement has a particular affinity with the military and can be considered a positive outcome of armed conflict. The original purpose of the games was to assist the large number of war veterans and civilians who had been injured during wartime. In 1944, Dr Ludwig Gut...
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#ThisGirlCan & Invictus Sydney

Ella Beaumont, Stoke Mandeville Maulers (photo credit: Anthony Hayton) One of the things I often get asked by people who have not seen our sport is, ‘do you have a women’s team?’ When I reply that ours is a mixed sport with men and women playing in the same teams, they are usually a bit taken aback. I can see them thinking about chairs colliding and worrying about an unequal physical match. Of course what they have not understood is that functio...
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