Bolton’s Ayaz Bhuta was part of the new crop of young talented players to enter the national squad following London 2012.
Initially a wheelchair basketball player, Ayaz started playing club rugby in 2009, and found the more physical elements of the game suited him better. He was selected to play in a Tri-Nations tournament in Australia in 2010 and subsequently joined the GBWR development squad in 2011.
At his first development squad tournament (Rugby Mania 2012) Ayaz was voted ‘best in class’ and he continued to go from strength to strength. In 2013 he made his full GB debut at the Denmark Challenge Cup, where he was again voted best in class.
At the 2014 Canada Cup Ayaz was again named the best 2.5 of the tournament. A popular player, he went on to win the inaugural Fans MVP award at the 2014 World Championships in Odense, Denmark.
At Rio 2016, Ayaz made his Paralympic debut and was a key member of the team. The ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby team 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.
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