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Ryan Cowling

Ryan was introduced to wheelchair rugby in 2010 by a long-term friend that he had met while working as a scuba diving instructor for fellow wheelchair users.

To find out more about the sport, Ryan went to spectate at a league competition in Loughborough before deciding to try the sport for himself. He has been a member of West Coast Crash ever since.

He joined the GB development squad in 2014 and went on to captain the development team. In November 2015, Ryan was invited to train with the main squad and he made his international debut in a friendly match vs Denmark, organised as part of the team's Rio preparations. He was then selected to be part of the gold medal winning team at the Rio 2016 Test Event in February 2016.

He made his Paralympic debut 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.

In addition to his career in wheelchair rugby, Ryan has a passion for scuba diving and used to travel the world to practise the sport.

A former serviceman, he joined the army in 1993, a year before his injury.

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