Chris Ryan

Chris Ryan

Athlete Information

  • Region


  • Date of Birth


  • Classification

    2.0 at Rio

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Chris made his Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

Like many of the GB players, Chris was first introduced to wheelchair rugby at the spinal unit at Stoke Mandeville, where he was in rehabilitation following a road traffic accident in November 2008.

In 2010 he joined London WRC and became inspired by the players with the same function as him, who had far greater independence and ability. Chris worked hard to improve his strength and speed and was put on the reserve list for London 2012. He was selected to the full squad in 2013, named vice-captain in March 2014 and appointed national captain in July 2015.

In September 2015 Chris led the GB team to reclaim the European title after eight years, a result which secured a slot for Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

On his Paralympic debut, Chris helped the GB team to secure a fifth place finish.

During the competition GB 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 July 2017, Chris led the team to victory as they successfully defended their European title in Germany.

A keen sportsman, Chris was previously a footballer who found a passion for golf during his teens, achieving a handicap of 2.

Major Results

2017 European Championships, Koblenz, Germany

  • Gold

2015 European Championships, Pajulahti, Finland

  • Gold

2013 European Championships, Antwerp, Belgium

  • Bronze

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