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Get Kids Going logo Rugby team celebrating - Photo by Megumi Masuda - World Wheelchair Rugby

Photo by Megumi Masuda - World Wheelchair Rugby

Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team make history
and win Gold medal at Paralympics

We are over the moon that Great Britain's wheelchair rugby team have made history to win their first ever gold medal. They were the first European team to reach the finals of the Paralymics and on Sunday 29th August 2021, they beat the USA 54-49.

Players going for ball in air

We are proud to support all of the team after a particularly hard year. Jim Roberts who is a Get Kids Going! ambassador and supported athlete was top scorer with 24 tries while Stuart Robinson scored 14. Great Britain took an early lead against the United States and never really let it go.

Jim Roberts said: "That was one to remember. I play to win every game I go into, so that's what I wanted to come for. We knew there would be some amazing teams here. USA are a class act, and it was just amazing to meet them in the final. They always beat us in the major tournaments and it was nice to put a nail in that one."

Ayaz Bhuta with Jim Roberts

Ayaz Bhuta with Jim Roberts

Ayaz Bhuta with head coach Paul Shaw

Ayaz Bhuta with head coach Paul Shaw

Ayaz Bhuta pictured above with Jim Roberts (left) and with head coach Paul Shaw (right). "We beat USA in the Paralympic final by 5 to clinch the Gold medal, the first ever in GB Wheelchair Rugby history!

"It's been a crazy 5 years since the disappointment at Rio 2016 - losing funding, being dropped from the team, Covid and many injuries but it's all been worth it!!!!!

"There's so much I could say but I can't find the words as I'm on cloud 9! Thank you everyone for all your support throughout these years, there's too many to name but you know who you are."

Kylie Grimes with GB Wheelchair team
              colleagues

Kylie Grimes with GB Wheelchair team colleagues

Kylie Grimes has become the first woman to win a wheelchair rugby gold. She said:

"I don't want a women's league, I want to stay with the boys. I'd love it to always stay a mixed team. It is unique, different, brings different elements and I'd personally love playing with the boys and would not want that to change.

"I hope I can inspire girls to give it a go. Women can match the men. It's about tactics, skills, using the brain, using the top two inches when you need it under pressure."

Get Kids Going! are very proud long term supporters of the GB wheelchair rugby team and the last two years have been particularly hard for all athletes, so your fundraising really means so much. As the team's CEO David Pond said without that support the team "just could not have made it to Tokyo."

Although the scorers get the glory the sport is such a team effort it was great to hear from defence blockers such as Jonathan Coggan and Ryan Cowling.

"We provide those blocks and those areas to push in so we're just as useful as them" said Cowling of the scorers.

"It's very surreal to be honest. We came into the competition thinking that we could do well, but to come away with gold, it's beyond our expectations really. We wanted to be that first European rugby team to medal at the Paralympics and we did more than just medal - we won gold!"

CEO David Pond said "A gold medal wow! Team triumphed because they believed trusted & supported one another. Its taken extraordinary resilience commitment & love of family friends supporters to get here I couldn't be happier that their dreams have been realised composed. It feels like it's all coming together at the right time."

Japan, who Team GB beat to reach Sunday's final, beat defending champions Australia to win the bronze-medal match 60-52.

Catch up with daily updates from CEO David Pond on the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby website gbwr.org.uk. We are so proud of the team and look forward to welcoming them back home with all of their golf medals!



Montage of sports people

Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people, up to the age of 26 years, the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, curling, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, snowboarding, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their: training, physiotherapy, sports psychology, travel, competition fees and the design and development of sports' equipment. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!

Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Paralympics, the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games, the 2024 Paris Summer Paralympics and many more events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long-term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding from various sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine, this causes an enormous burden on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.

There are hundreds of talented, disabled youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the World but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!

We support children and young people with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is outgrown is recycled to other children, so our supporters valuable donations are never wasted. We also believe that disabled young people should receive equal opportunities and the right equipment to get them going! Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a wonderful sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference!

Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many fantastic opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in quite the same way.

A bespoke sports wheelchair can cost anything from £4,000 to £7,000. All are designed individually and perform just like a Formula 1 racing car!

In general, we believe, there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in the UK who need the help of Get Kids Going!

please help us... turn their dreams into reality!

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