Six Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby squad members helped Great Britain to win gold in this year’s 2019 Four Nations Wheelchair Rugby Invitational competition held in Birmingham, USA.
Team GB lined up against world No.1 Australia, reigning world champions Japan and reigning Paralympic champions the USA.
Tigers saw off the challenge of USA 49-47 in the Gold Medal game with Japan beating Australia 54-53 to claim bronze in the final day of action.
The four-day event saw all four teams win three games and lose three games with Great Britain qualifying for the Gold Medal game alongside the host nation.
Tigers player Nick Cummins and Jamie Stead were each voted best in their class as the squad continue their preparations for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games.
Tigers Gavin Walker captained the Team GB in Alabama, with Tigers coaches Darren Matthews and Rob Tarr making up the coaching staff alongside team mechanic Jonathan Roach.
Nick Cummins said: “I feel our success at the Four Nations tournament could prove to be a watershed moment for our squad. We've been steadily improving over the last few years but we now have real evidence of our progress.
The Tigers within the playing squad and staff have all made a significant contribution to this success."
Jamie Stead added: “I have been representing GB for six years and within this period, we have been known as the nearly team. It's an amazing feeling to be part of the squad that has finally broken that trend. For me personally, getting best in class was the icing on the cake.
“Celebrations were limited though, as we’re straight back into camp on our return to the UK. The hard work continuing in preparation for this year’s European Championships.”
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