Classification: 2.0

Date of Birth: 13/10/83

Home town: Rotherham

Club: Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby Club

Disability: Spinal injury

Supported by: Get Kids Going!

Gavin joined the fire service in 2003 but his life changed significantly when he broke his neck, slipping on some wet decking in 2010. During his rehab in the Sheffield Spinal Unit, Gavin met Sarah Leighton, a GBWR classifier, and physio. Sarah told him all about the sport and in 2011 Gavin went along to his first training session at the Marauders club. Selected to the Development Squad in 2011/12, Gavin joined a new cohort of players who now make up the main body of the national squad.

Gavin continued to work for the fire service in Sheffield until 2012. In 2013 he was selected for the national squad and became a full time athlete. He competed in his first Major at the European Championships in Antwerp in 2013, returning with a bronze medal, and went on to compete in the World Championships in Denmark in 2014. In July 2015 Gavin was appointed vice captain, working alongside new captain Chris Ryan.

He went on to compete in the successful European Championship team in September of the same year before returning to play in the BT WWRC15 competition in London. Gavin and Chris have developed a great partnership, both have their roles as leaders within the squad, on and off the court. Gavin made his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games where he was consistently within the team’s starting line. Gavin is also the proud father of two daughters.

Having successfully retained the title at the European championships in 2017, Gavin continues to be vice captain of the squad.

Playing history

2018 World Championships, Australia – 4th

2017 European Championships, Germany – 1st

2016 Rio Paralympics – 5th

2016 Canada Cup – 5th

2016 Paralympic Test Event, Rio – 1st

2015 BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge – 5th

2015 European Championships, Finland – 1st

2014 World Championships, Denmark – 5th

2014 Canada Cup – 4th

2013 European Championships – 3rd