A whole new ball game for wheelchair star Michael

Michael Kerr (left) looks on as GB captain Steve Brown wins the ball from Glasgow Warriors' Johnnie Beattie (second left) and Rob Dewey.
Michael Kerr (left) looks on as GB captain Steve Brown wins the ball from Glasgow Warriors' Johnnie Beattie (second left) and Rob Dewey.
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VIEWPARK athlete Michael Kerr is helping to set up the first competitive wheelchair rugby squad in Scotland.

Kerr (29), who was in the Great Britain European championship silver medal squad, joined international team mates, representatives of Scottish Rugby charity Wooden Spoon and Glasgow Warriors Johnnie Beattie and Rob Dewey at a taster session in Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall.

Kerr has been in a wheelchair since breaking his neck in 2000 in a swimming pool accident.

He said: “Getting second in the European championship was a great achievement for GB and a stepping stone for the 2012 Paralympics.

“I’m training with the provisional squad of 12 for London 2012 and it would be massive to be a part of the team.”

Kerr is looking forward to moving back from England to play for a new full-time Scottish side. Currently he gets funding from the Scottish Institute of Sport.

He said: “My focus is on wheelchair rugby in Scotland and recruiting new players. It was great to see all the people who went along to the Kelvin Hall to support us.

“I will move my club game back up to Scotland to play in the new team and play a big role in coaching as I will be the most experienced player involved.”

The new team, for both men and women over 16, will train in Glasgow’s east end and welcome players with a wheelchair classification from 0.5 to 3.5.

For more information e-mail Michael

Full story in November 10 edition of Times & Speaker