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Paralympic success ‘just the start for this team’

Nick Cummins, a Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby player and now-Paralympic gold medallist alongside clubmates Gavin Walker, Jamie Stead and Jack Smith, is already looking forward after Team GB’s success in Toyko. 

Nick and his teammates reflected on an emotion week in Toyko last week at the Yoyogi National Stadium, as GB beat rivals USA 49-54 in the team’s first appearance in a gold medal final. 

Team co-captain Gavin Walker talked about the ‘sacrifice and hard work’ earlier this week, and Cummins echoes the sense of achievement. 

“It feels amazing to be a Paralympic champion”, he explains. “I couldn’t be more proud to be part of a hardworking and talented group of people. 

“It’s clear that all the hard work we put in lockdown, all the sacrifices we made, the grind of training in these difficult circumstances have all paid off. 

Nick is already looking towards where this Team GB squad can go and the profile of the sport on the global stage.

“I really feel it’s just the beginning for this team with some great years ahead for us. Winning gold will do wonders for raising the profile of the sport and building our team for the future, bringing more people into the game.

“Not just to win medals, but to enjoy the amazing, life-changing potential that this sport has given so many people such as myself.

“It’s a tremendous occasion and it has really been one of the best experiences of my life.”

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