Wheelchair rugby ace shares his secrets at primary school
- Credit: Archant
A Great Britain wheelchair rugby star on the road to Olympic glory showcased his sport at a Welwyn Garden City school.
Chris Ryan, 22, gave youngsters at Springmead Primary School a talk about his career and the benefits of being active. The Panshanger resident enthralled more than 240 kids with tales of his success in the brutal full-contact sport, which could see him competing in the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
While most people may prefer explaining their passion to children than hitting people full-bore, Chris confessed he would much rather be on the court.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I said to a friend last night ‘I would be more scared of doing this than playing a bit of sport’.
“I’m used to sport, I’m not scared of sport, I’m not used to doing this.”
You may also want to watch:
Chris revealed how he took up the game following a serious road accident in 2008, which left him disabled.
He was a promising teenage golfer before the crash, and threw himself into the game afterwards.
- 1 The latest court results for Welwyn Hatfield and Potters Bar
- 2 Fine issued to funeral director after ‘clear and blatant breach’ of coronavirus rules
- 3 Documentary will delve into former palace turned home for WWII children
- 4 Significantly higher number of fines and warnings for COVID-19 rule breakers in Welwyn Hatfield than nearby areas
- 5 Man in hospital after being trapped in car following A1(M) crash
- 6 Police attend funeral as residents voice concerns about 'social distancing'
- 7 County council offices could be sold off or leased in part
- 8 Principal reveals biggest challenges and successes during her time at Oaklands College
- 9 Gallery: Snow gives Welwyn Hatfield residents much-needed fun in lockdown
- 10 Welwyn Garden City's Sam Caiger returns for West Ham ready to put injury woes behind him
Rising to the top of the domestic league with the London Wheelchair Rugby Club, he was selected for Team GB and awarded the vice-captaincy of the national team.
Chris told the throng of children how hard it is to get to the top.
And when a youngster asked him what he would do without the game, he said: “If I’m being honest, I would struggle without my sport.
“I don’t know what I would do exactly. I would probably play table tennis, it’s fun but it’s nothing like this.
“We travel round the world with people, who you become really good friends with, instead of playing table tennis on your own.”