Coral Batey

Coral, a former Yorkshire U19s wheelchair basketball player, was first introduced to wheelchair rugby by her boyfriend’s father.

Invited to attend a training session of the North Wales Dragons, Coral was quickly enrolled by the club. A natural at the game with excellent chair skills, it wasn’t long before her talent was spotted by the GB coaches, and with impressive speed she was fast-tracked into the full GB squad.

Her first international match came in January 2014 at the Tri-Nations tournament in Toronto and Coral went on to represent GB at the 2014 Canada Cup and the 2014 World Championships.

At the Canada Cup, Coral made an immediate impression on the world stage, winning best in class – a remarkable achievement for a player with less than one year’s experience in the sport.

Coral was the youngest member of the Rio squad, and the only female. She made her Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

At those Games, 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.

In addition to wheelchair rugby, Coral has a keen interest in wheelchair basketball and wheelchair tag rugby league.

Major results

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

Gold

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