At just 10-years-old, Ealing’s Gaz Choudhry had his right leg amputated due to osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Gaz, who had always been keen on sport, was introduced to wheelchair basketball two years later after meeting GB wheelchair athlete Gordon Perry at a British Wheelchair Basketball roadshow.
Immediately falling in love with the speed and sense of freedom given by the sport, Gaz honed his craft at London Force (now London Titans) under the guidance of coach Ian Laker while playing alongside Paralympians such as Sinclair Thomas and Ade Adepitan.
While making his mark on the domestic senior game with Super League Club MK Aces, the 4.0 player also amassed great success with the GB Junior Team at the U22 European Championships – winning one gold and one silver.
In addition to his international success in Europe, Gaz has also earned honours within the continent’s leagues, representing London club Capital City at the 2011-12 Champions Cup and earning All Star honours. The forward has also competed oversees with the Italian clubs Porto Torres (2007-08), A.S.S. Stefano (2010-11), and most recently Briantea84 (2014-16) – with whom Gaz did the double in 2016: winning both the prestigious Italian Championship title and the Coppa Italia.
In the UK, Gaz has been an integral part of the GB Men’s Squad since his debut for the team at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup. Gaz made his debut for ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Games and, in 2015, assisted the GB men to qualification for Rio 2016 Paralympics and a third consecutive European title (2011, 2013).
At Rio 2016 Gaz was part of the ParalympicsGB team that claimed bronze with victory over Turkey.
Off the court, Gaz – who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in London – studied at Royal Holloway University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (2005). Away from training, he enjoys reading and learning about ancient history.
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