Michael Kerr

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby

Michael Kerr

In 2000, when Michael Kerr was 17, he dived into a swimming pool in Corfu on holiday. Not realising it was the shallow end, he hit his head on the bottom and broke his neck which resulted in permanent paralysis from the chest down.

Michael, from Viewpark, spent time recovering at Glasgow's Spinal Unit where he tried his hand at a number of sports.

The lifelong sports fan went to a wheelchair rugby training session in 2001 with the Scottish Wildcats and took to it immediately, enjoying the fast, aggressive full-contact nature of the sport.

He went on to play for his club before attending the GB development squad trials in 2002. In 2005 he was selected to the GB elite team.

He is the first and, to date, only Scot to represent GB at wheelchair rugby.

He made his debut for the British team at the 2006 Demolition Derby in Alabama, USA, and played in his first major in 2011 at the European Championships in Switzerland, finishing with a silver medal.

He was made vice-captain of the GB team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games, and again for the 2013 European Championships in Belgium where the team finished with a bronze medal.

In 2014 Michael was named captain for the national team for the World Championships in Denmark, with the team again finishing in fifth place.

Despite relinquishing the captaincy in 2015, Michael continued to play a key role at the European Championships that year, returning from Finland with a gold medal.

He represented ParalympicsGB for the second time at Rio 2016. Great Britain finished in fifth place but can still look back on their campaign with pride.