Paralympics

Tokyo 2020: Ex-RAF Serviceman Named In GB Wheelchair Rugby Paralympics Squad

Stu Robinson has been selected in the squad of 12 which will compete at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, starting in August.

An ex-RAF serviceman has been announced in the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby squad for the delayed 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo this summer.

Stu Robinson, a former corporal, has been a key part of the team in recent years and will be involved on the biggest stage later this year in Japan.

He said: "Obviously from a personal perspective, this is something I've been working towards for the last four or five years.

"I've had a goal since I was injured and my rehab kicked off that I wanted to at least try and compete at one Paralympic Games."

The team have battled uncertainties, including financial stability, to get to the competition, whilst the pandemic has meant training and matches have been at a premium for the squad.

"We're pretty fortunate that since the turn of the year, we've managed to restart training," Robinson said. "It's obviously not been back to the normal original training programme.

"It's been good. At least we are fortunate enough to train back in the environments we are in.

"We have the Quad Nations tournament happening in the UK, so it'll be good to go out there and play against a different opposition rather than ourselves.

"Before we know it, we've got a few more camps and then we're ready to go and ready to hit the ground in Tokyo."

He added: "COVID has thrown into the mix so many different obstacles you have got to try and overcome and adapt to.

"We're just doing all that we can as a squad to try and perform and make sure we're ready to be in the best shape we can before we go there and play."

Twelve athletes have been selected for GB's Wheelchair Rugby squad.

The Paralympics, which were postponed last year due to coronavirus, are due to take place from 24 August to 5 September.