GB’s wheelchair rugby champions relish spotlight after Paralympics award

  • National Lottery gives squad Paralympian of the year award
  • Team member Aaron Phipps pleased by ‘massive journey’

The success of Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team is helping to shift the perception of Paralympians away from being “super heroes” and towards being seen simply as elite athletes, according to one of the team’s stars.

After 1 million people watched Great Britain defeat the USA to win gold in Tokyo on Channel 4 this summer, the broadcaster is now exploring the possibility of showing the wheelchair rugby world championships in Denmark next year. As the team were named inaugural winners of the National Lottery’s Paralympian of the year award, Aaron Phipps celebrated what he called the “massive journey” his sport has been on.

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