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Alan Ash

GB’s longest serving player before his retirement in November 2016, Alan started his international career back in 1995 playing in the first ever World Wheelchair Rugby Championships in Switzerland.

Alan was a member of the Royal Marines when, at 17, he was involved in a car crash that ended his military career.

Always a talented sportsman, Alan has played semi-professional football for Wolverhampton Wanderers, and trialled for Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion before his injury. He was first introduced to wheelchair rugby whilst in rehab at Oswestry Spinal Injuries unit. Then GB Head Coach, Brian Worrell, ran regular training sessions and invited Alan to join his local club in 1991. He participated in his first international competition in 1993.

A key player in the GB line-up, Alan was part of the successful GB teams that won a hat-trick of gold medals at the European Championships in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Alan has competed at five Paralympic Games (Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, Beijing and Rio). He missed out on a slot in the London 2012 squad, but was soon back in the GB fold, competing in the European Championships in 2013 and the World Championships in 2014, before helping the GB team to European gold in 2015.

Alan has had two spells as GB captain, first in the 2004/05 season, and more recently in 2013/14.

At Rio 2016 Great Britain finished in fifth place but can still look back on their campaign with pride. 

The GB side lost to eventual gold medallists Australia by just two points and were edged out in overtime by top seeds Canada, who lost to silver medallists the United States in their semi-final.

Major results

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

2013 European Championships, Antwerp, Belgium


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