GB Wheelchair Rugby Starts Crowdfunding For Tokyo Paralympics

GB Wheelchair Rugby has launched a crowdfunding campaign after losing its appeal against the removal of UK Sport funding.

The decision to remove the funding was taken three months ago as the team wasn't considered a credible medal challenger for Tokyo 2020.

This makes the path to the Paralympics of former RAF Corporal and Invictus Captain, Stuart Robinson, and his team a tough one. 

The Rugby Football Union already provide their Paralympic counterparts with resources, but Premiership Rugby and Harlequins are also getting involved.

English Rugby Union player Mike Brown was also inspired by the team after watching them play at London 2012, and has offered all the support he can.

Stuart Robinson and his team were saddened by the news:

"My main motto is to be the best you can be (...) and the highest level you can be is the Paralympics in 2020. That was the goal and to have that taken away makes it a mockery of the decision"

Wheelchair rugby has been awarded more than £6.3m over the last three Paralympic cycles. Team GB have won golds at European level, but they have never won a World Championship or Paralympic medal of any colour.

Wheelchair rugby was only one of the seven national sports to have its funding removed by UK Sport, and the only Paralympic one.