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.
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 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
"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 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
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!
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
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
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!