Jonathan Coggan

Jonny was injured in a car crash in 2000. A keen footballer, Jonny watched the Sydney Paralympics from his hospital bed.

During rehab at Stoke Mandeville, he shared a ward with another future GB player, Mandip Sehmi. He was introduced to a wide range of Paralympic sports but it was wheelchair rugby that captured his attention and he started playing club rugby in 2001.

In 2002, Jonny was invited to go on a World Rugby Tour with the GB development squad. A year later he participated in the World Wheelchair Games in Christchurch, New Zealand and then went on to gain his first full international cap playing in the 2004 Paralympics in Athens, where the team placed 4th.

Since then Jonny has been a constant fixture in the GB squad. Considered to be one of the best 0.5s in the game, he won best in class at the 2006 World Championships and at the 2009 and 2011 European Championships.

Jonny competed at his fourth Paralympic Games 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.

Major results

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

Gold
2013 European Championships, Antwerp, Belgium

Bronze

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