Wheelchair rugby is an exhilarating sport played by athletes with often severe physical impairments. It has grown rapidly in recent years, overseen by a dedicated team of GBWR staff, trustees, and volunteers.

Seven months on from the GB team’s historic gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics, the board is now looking to appoint a new trustee to join us and help steer the sport through to Paris 2024 and beyond. This new appointee will have oversight responsibility at board level for welfare and safety.

The board believes that this is a particularly exciting time for wheelchair rugby. At elite level it is one of the standout sports at every Paralympic Games. The GB team has been on an upward trajectory in recent years. Its gold medal last summer was our first medal in a global competition and Paralympics GB’s first ever gold in any team sport. British TV audiences for wheelchair rugby were the highest for any events in the Tokyo Paralympics.

At grassroots, the sport is thriving, with not only a growing number of clubs and members, but also with new disciplines now established offering the sport to a wider range of disability groups.

However, whilst the strength of our club system, success at generating sponsorship income, and increasing numbers playing the sport are indicators of a healthy future, it is of course important not to be complacent. New developments bring new challenges, including the need to ensure we continually provide enjoyable and fulfilling experiences for all members, meeting ever-more stringent governance and safeguarding requirements, and generating enough income to sustain the future of our GB elite squad. There is still much to do!

To help in this work, we are seeking a new trustee with the capabilities to contribute to our broad range of work as well as specifically to assume the welfare and safety oversight role on the board.

Candidates should have a passion for sport with an awareness of the social impact that sport plays in our communities.

If you believe you can provide strong leadership and direction to GBWR and have the time and enthusiasm to take on this rewarding role, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

Application closing date: 18:00 Friday 29 April 2022

Contact: nas.al-sabaeiova@gbwr.org.uk

For more information about the role and how to apply please download our new trustee candidate briefing pack HERE.

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