July 26, 2021

Former NFL player to take cost of GB Wheelchair Rugby in Tokyo | ParalympicsGB

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A previous American soccer linebacker is to consider cost of Fantastic Britain Wheelchair Rugby, in what those people in the sport hope will be a 12 months of Paralympic results. Jason Brisbane will turn into one of the couple of black men and women to hold a senior administration job in British isles sport when he can take up his posture in July.

Brisbane will substitute David Pond as main executive. Pond has overseen substantial advancement in the activity around the earlier decade, and an intercontinental team ranked fourth in the earth with hopes of a medal in Tokyo afterwards this summer season, should the Paralympic Games go ahead.

“I am delighted and truly feel a perception of actual pride to have been appointed the new CEO of Terrific Britain Wheelchair Rugby,” Brisbane reported. “The local community associated in the activity has accurate determination and passion and they believe the activity is a lot more than just a video game.

“I am fired up about the possibility to meet up with clubs and players and keep on to expand wheelchair rugby by driving participation, increasing awareness and supporting our elite crew, with the top target of Paralympics medal achievements.”

Jason Brisbane has been appointed to lead Good Britain Wheelchair Rugby. Photograph: Courtesy of GBWR

Born in London, Brisbane had a decade-extended occupation in American football, including a calendar year on the guides of the San Diego Chargers. Much more just lately he was in demand of grassroots enhancement for the NFL outside the US. His perform making sporting communities made Brisbane an thrilling candidate, in accordance to GBWR chair, Ed Warner. “The wheelchair rugby local community will actually reward from his practical experience in high overall performance activity and the get the job done he has finished at group and grassroots amount.”

The sport originally, and continue to at times, regarded as Murderball, claims 1,000 practitioners in the Uk. Given that London 2012 it has seen a significant expansion each in terms of the competitive landscape – heading from a one league of seven groups, to three divisions and 30 groups – and in conditions of funding with Uk Sport acquiring pledged £2.6m for the Paris 2024 cycle.

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