Ryan Cowling

Ryan Cowling

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Wheelchair Rugby won their first ever Paralympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020 in a historic 54-49 victory over USA. Ryan joined the GB Talent development squad in 2014 and went on to be the team’s captain, until November 2015 when Ryan was invited to train with the main GB squad. His international debut was in a friendly match vs Denmark and then he was selected to attend the Rio 2016 Test Event in February 2016. The team finished first taking home the gold. Ryan returned to Rio in September 2016 where he made his debut as part of the Paralympic squad.

Ryan continued to work hard and was part the team who successfully defended their title at the European championships in 2017 and 2019

In addition to his career in wheelchair rugby, Ryan has a passion for scuba diving and used to travel the world to practise the sport.

A former serviceman, he joined the army in 1993, a year before his injury and is the proud father of 2 daughter

Major Results

Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games: Gold

**2016 Rio Paralympic Games **– 5th

2019 European Championships, Denmark – 1st

2017 European Championships, Germany – 1st

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