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Injured Players Foundation congratulates Paralympics athletes Barrow and Morrison

22 May 2012

  • Andy Barrow and Ross Morrison selected for their third Paralympics
  • GB wheelchair rugby squad of 11 includes two IPF clients

The RFU Injured Players Foundation (IPF) is delighted at the news of the selection of two of its clients, Andy Barrow and Ross Morrison, for the Great Britain wheelchair rugby squad at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Andy and Ross receive grants from the IPF to enable them to travel to training and overseas matches, and this support assisted them in representing their country at the Beijing Paralympics four years ago. Both men also took part in the previous Games in Athens in 2004.

Andy Barrow, 32, lives in Greenwich and is getting married after the Paralympics.

He was injured playing rugby union for South East London club Charlton Park RFC in 1997, and he has been sponsored by the IPF for the last five years for training and sports equipment expenses.

Ross Morrison has had similar IPF support since he was injured playing rugby for Portsmouth Grammar School in 1996.

He is also 32 and lives in Farnborough in Hampshire. Coincidentally, he is also getting married after the Paralympics to his partner whom he met when she was refereeing wheelchair rugby.

Wheelchair rugby is a mixed team sport, and Kylie Grimes has been selected as only the second female athlete in the ParalympicsGB wheelchair rugby team.

Overall, the GB squad of 11 has high hopes of a medal in London, having just missed out in the last two Games.

Karen Hood, the Business Manager for the RFU Injured Players Foundation, said: “Everyone involved with the IPF is delighted to see Andy and Ross selected to compete again in the Paralympic Games.

“It is a reward for their talent and hard work, and is an example of the many things that can be achieved in life even after a serious rugby injury.”