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Gold medals down to ‘hard work and sacrifice’

Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby’s Gavin Walker praised the dedication of his team mates and staff in helping win Team GB’s first-ever Paralympic gold in the sport.

Walker, who co-captained the natonal side alongside teammate Chris Ryan, reflected on an emotional week in Toyko at the Yoyogi National Stadium, as GB beat rivals USA 49-54 in the team’s first appearance in a gold medal final. 

Tigers teammates Jamie Stead, Jack Smith and Nick Cummins were also a part of the squad, as well as Tigers' head coach Darren Matthews, team mechanic Jonathan Roach and Rob Tarr, who was unable to travel to Japan due to overcoming Covid-19, supporting the backroom staff.

Walker shared: “For me the more emotional feelings came after the semi-final - although I’m sure when I get home things will be different. It’s hard to process it all here (in Toyko) and the impact it has had on people.

“This gold medal means so much individually and is the resulting years of hard work and sacrifice but it’s more than that. It represents the players and staff before us who led the way and gave us this opportunity.

“These medals are for us all to enjoy.”

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