With an international reputation for an all-round shooting game, 33-year-old Terry Bywater continues to build upon the talent and dedication which saw the Redcar native make his major debut at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, aged just 17.
Terry – who then earned the honour of representing ParalympicsGB at the following three Games, winning two bronze medals – has amassed a phenomenal wealth of experience and success since he first started playing wheelchair basketball aged 13.
Born without a tibia and fibula in his left leg which resulted in its amputation at two-years-old, Terry’s introduction to the sport came through an open day in Middlesbrough with local club the Teeside Lions. Since that day, the sport has changed Terry’s life. Through wheelchair basketball, Terry has found great friendships whilst developing into an elite athlete.
Quickly earning a place in the GB U23 Team, Terry won silver with the senior team at the 2006 World Championships and has since travelled the world both representing his nation and European Clubs, including CD Illunion in Spain with whom he has won the prestigious Copa del Rey four times.
The year before the London Games, Terry was GB’s leading points’ scorer during the gold medal run at the 2011 European Championships, a feat which he repeated for GB at London 2012 where the team finished in 4th place.
In 2015, at his eighth European Championships, Terry received the honour of co-captaining the GB Men alongside Ian Sagar – leading the team to not only their third consecutive European title, but a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Indeed, at the 2015 European Championships in Worcester, UK, Terry led from the front: ending the Championships both as GB’s top scorer and within the overall top 10 players for both points (7th) and rebounds (9th).
Away from the basketball court, Terry relishes spending time with his family and is a Middlesbrough F.C. supporter.
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