Bulbul (aka Bully) had a spinal injury as the result of a road traffic accident in 1994. Prior to his accident Bully worked as a car mechanic and had little interest in sport.
At Stoke Mandeville rehab unit, Bully was introduced to wheelchair rugby by one of the unit’s nurses, who happened to be a GBWR referee. Initially not that keen on playing the sport Bully decided to give rugby a try. He joined London WRC in 1997 and got hooked. He made his international debut in 1999, but Bully failed to break in to the squad for the major tournaments and after several years of disappointment took a two-year break from the game in 2004.
Returning to the sport in 2006 with fresh enthusiasm, Bully was selected for the World Championship squad and went on to retain his place for the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Since then he has been a regular member of the GB squad and has been recognised as one of the fastest 1.0 players in the world.
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.
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