PhD student represents Great Britain

Posted by nm365 at Feb 21, 2020 09:15 AM |

Nick Cummins, who is studying for his PhD with our School of History, Politics and International Relations, was part of Great Britain's squad at this weekend's Quad Nations tournament.

The wheelchair rugby competition, between Great Britain, Australia and USA, took place at Morningside Area, Leicester, between Friday 21 February and Sunday 23 February.

Great Britain booked their place in the final, after beating Australia 61-53, but lost to USA, 53-42, to finish second in the competition.

The tournament provided a good performance opportunity for the Paralympic Games, which takes place in Tokyo between Tuesday 25 August and Sunday 6 September.

Nick said: "The tournament provided a fantastic opportunity for us to test ourselves against two of the best teams in the world. Our focus is obviously on the Paralympics in Tokyo and this tournament has helped us identify both what we are doing well and what we must improve ahead of that competition. This is now the third time that we have had the Quad Nations in Leicester and it was great to compete in the city and to see the support our team gets from the local community and from King Power, who sponsored the tournament."

Nick was inspired to get into wheelchair rugby when watching the Beijing Paralympics. He made his international debut in 2015 in the world championships and attended the Rio Olympics test event in 2016. In 2017 he was part of the Great Britain gold medal winning team at the 2017 European championships. He also plays for Leicester Tigers' wheelchair team where in 2019 he won the Player's Player of the Year award.

Wheelchair rugby was invented in 1977 in Canada and is now an international sport. Its high contact and fast pace means it is entertaining to watch as players attempt to get the ball across their opponent's line, in four eight minute quarters.

You can watch replays of the Quad Nations matches on BBC iPlayer. If you're interested in parasports, have a go in taster sessions, and discover more about it during this week's Parasports Week.

(Photo credit: Megumi Masada)

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