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Gavin Walker

Gavin first learnt about wheelchair rugby during his rehabilitation at Sheffield Spinal Unit, where he was recovering from breaking his neck in an accident in 2010.

In 2011, Gavin went along to his first training session at the Marauders club. Selected to the Development Squad in 2011/12, Gavin joined a new cohort of players who now make up the main body of the national squad.

Gavin continued to work for the fire service in Sheffield until 2012, completing nine years of service. In 2013 he was selected for the national squad and became a full time athlete. He competed in his first major international at the European Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, in 2013, returning with a bronze medal. He went on to compete at the 2014 World Championships in Odense, Denmark where the team finished in 5th place.

In July 2015 Gavin was appointed vice-captain, working alongside new captain Chris Ryan.  He went on to compete in the successful European Championship team in September of the same year before, returning with the gold medal, and made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

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

GB 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.

Gavin is the proud father of two daughters.

Major results

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

2013 European Championships, Antwerp, Belgium


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