Welwyn Garden City athlete to again lead Great Britain at Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations tournament

PUBLISHED: 12:09 08 February 2019

Welwyn Garden City Paralympian Chris Ryan has retained the captaincy for the 2019 Quad Nations wheelchair rugby tournament. Picture: Osborne Hollis.

Welwyn Garden City Paralympian Chris Ryan has retained the captaincy for the 2019 Quad Nations wheelchair rugby tournament. Picture: Osborne Hollis.

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A Paralympian from Welwyn Garden City will again captain Great Britain in the Quad Nations wheelchair rugby tournament next month.

Chris Ryan, 27, who played in the inaugural Quad Nations last year, said he was thrilled to be back for another chance to take the title in the tournament at the Morningside Arena in Leicester from March 1-3.

He said: “To once again be chosen as captain of such a strong squad is an honour and I am hoping to lead us to victory this year.

“We have played, and trained, hard for the past year together and feel we have more than a fighting chance to take the trophy for Britain.”

Team GB will be up against current champions Japan, who won the Gold medal at the World Wheelchair Rugby Championships held in Sydney last summer, world number 4 Canada and seventh-ranked France.

The tournament marks an important performance opportunity ahead of the 2019 European Championships in Denmark, where Team GB will defend their title.

Chris was selected to the full Great Britain squad in 2013, named vice captain in March 2014 and appointed national captain in July 2015.

In September 2015, he led the GB team to reclaim the European title after eight years.

He made his Paralympic debut at the 2016 Rio Paralympic games, where he retained captaincy along with his vice-captain Gavin Walker.

In July 2017, Chris again led the team to victory as they successfully defended their European title in Germany.

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