Disability: Partial paralysis
After my accident in 2005 I was introduced to wheelchair basketball as a form of rehabilitation. I fell in love with the sport, and initially played for a small club in Ipswich before moving to the Derby Wheel Blazers in 2008.
In 2011 the British Sledge Hockey Association approached my club, Derby Wheel Blazers to invite our squad to try out Para Ice Hockey. Up until this point I didn’t even know Para Ice hockey existed. I’m always looking for a new challenge, so I went along to the taster session (even though I was still recovering from my most recent surgery), and as soon as I hit the ice, I knew I loved it. The fast pace, energy and the skill involved were perfect for me.
I was invited to join the GB team and travelled to Sweden in 2011 as part of the World Championships tournament, playing in defence. Although I enjoyed the experience, I knew I really wanted to play in goal, so when we returned from the competition, I started to train and play in between the nets, and I’ve been the GB goalie ever since.
I joined Peterborough Phantoms in 2012 as one of the founding members of the club and I haven’t looked back since. I have travelled to Sweden, Japan, Russia, Holland and Italy to play for GB. My proudest moment, behind getting married and seeing my children being born, was winning a bronze medal at the World Championships B-pool in Japan in 2013.
My hopes for the future are to help the sport grow and to inspire a younger generations to enjoy the sport that I also love.
Rob was selected, with 5 other members of the Peterborough Phantoms, as part of the GB Team who travelled to Japan in November 2016 for the IPC World Championships.