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GB Wheelchair Rugby Team Looking To 'Push On' After Funding Announcement

Forces News spoke to former RAF serviceman Stu Robinson who is part of the GB Elite team.

A former RAF airman has said the Team GB Wheelchair Rugby are looking to "push on" after receiving funding through to the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Stu Robinson, a former corporal, spoke to Forces News about the team's aims for Paris, as well as his future as a player.

Robinson's dreams of competing at a Paralympic Games took a hit last year as the 2020 Games in Tokyo were postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic.

However, the Air Force veteran is still hopeful of competing in this year's event and said the £2.6m of funding from the UK Sport Board in December can push the team forward.

"It’s been pretty tough. Obviously, as athletes, [we] have tried not to worry ourselves with those things that have gone on in the background and tried to concentrate on playing," he said.

"I think with the world rankings and the way the squad has performed, it is definitely shown but, obviously, it’s been pretty tough for everyone in the background trying to come up with funds just to get us to tournaments.

"Now that we’ve been awarded the funding from UK Sport, hopefully, the next four years with that weight off of our shoulders, we can push on even more as a squad and, hopefully, push on for when Paris arrives."

Regarding his own future, Robinson said: "I’ve said all along that if my body holds up and I’m still feeling fit and healthy, there’s no reason why I can’t carry on."