Saturday 8th March is International Women’s Day, it also marks an important milestone in the development of Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. As a mixed sport men and women play side by side and having a female representing Great Britain comes as no surprise. Kylie Grimes competed during the London 2012 Paralympics and as an elite squad regular has become an almost household name within disability sport.
This coming weekend sees Great Britain face Sweden on home soil. It is an important series for the squad as we look to prepare for the World Championships 2014, World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge 2015 and ultimately the Rio Paralympics 2016. Excitingly we will see two women competing for the Great Britain Team, with Kylie being accompanied by our newest GB player Coral Batey.
A student from Bradford, Coral has only been playing a year and has already seen a meteoric rise from club try-out to the GB squad competing at the highest International levels. Encouraged to try wheelchair rugby by her boyfriend’s Dad she immediately shone with the new GBWR talent identification programme and was fast-tracked to the Development Squad. Unfazed by her new challenge she showed just what an exciting prospect she was by earning a place in the Great Britain squad earlier this year.
It is therefore fitting that on International Women’s Day, Coral puts on her GB shirt to compete for the first time on home turf.