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Jamie Stead

  • Date of Birth22 Sep 1993
  • BirthplaceNormanton

Classification of ability - 2.5

How I got into wheelchair rugby?

I was starved of oxygen during birth which caused damage to my brain causing me to have Cerebral Palsy when I was born. My love of sport however started from a young age mainly due to my love of football and Manchester United. I dreamed of being a professional footballer but obviously my disability meant this was always going to be tough so I started to look into other sports to see what I could do and that’s when I found Wheelchair Basketball. I played Wheelchair Basketball for 8 years and was quite successful, going on to represent Yorkshire at regional level and England at the Sainsbury’s School Games. I was then introduced to Wheelchair Rugby by a few Great Britain Scouts who were looking for new players at the time and was asked to attend a training session. Following this I was fast tracked into the GB team and joined Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby club and achieved my dream of becoming a professional athlete.

Interests outside of the sport

Spending time with my family and friends, keeping fit in the gym, watching and supporting Manchester United and Leicester Tigers, taking my dog for a walk and catching up with my favourite TV shows.

Proudest Sporting Moment (in wheelchair rugby)

At an international level winning back-to-back European Championships and getting selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympic games and getting MVP at the 2017 quad Nations.

At the club level getting selected to Captain the Leicester Tigers wheelchair rugby team and claiming the division one title for the first time in the club history.