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Jim Roberts

A keen sportsman, Jim has always had a competitive spirit, competing in rugby union, rugby 7's and cross country. He developed bacterial meningitis whilst an undergraduate at Coventry University, resulting in a prolonged stay in hospital and the amputation of both his legs.

Jeanette Jones, a nurse who supported his rehab, introduced him to the sport of wheelchair rugby and Jim quickly became an influential force in the game.

Leaving hospital in 2010, Jim returned to his studies, gaining a 1st Class honours degree in Architectural Design Technology. He was picked for the development squad in 2012 and made his GB debut in 2013 at the European Championships in Antwerp, Belgium.

Jim has since played on both sides of the Atlantic – for Phoenix Heat in the winter and London WRC in the summer – winning national honours for both teams and gaining recognition as MVP at the US Nationals in 2015.

At the European Championships in September 2015 Jim was awarded best in class, clinching the winning goal to reclaim the European title after eight years and securing Great Britain a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

On his Paralympic debut, Jim helped the GB team to secure a fifth place finish in the toughest of competitions.

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.

Major results

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

2013 European Championships, Antwerp, Belgium


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