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2006 World Champs, Christchurch (4th) (C)
2007 European Champs, Espoo, Finland (1st) (C)
2008 Beijing Paralympics, China (4th) (C)
2009 European Champs, Hillerod, Denmark (4th) (C)
2010 World Champs, Vancouver, Canada (6th)
2011 European Champs, Notwill, Switzerland (2nd)
Andy Barrow started playing Wheelchair Rugby in 1998 following a spinal cord injury during a Rugby game the previous year, which left him paralysed from the chest down with limited use of his hands. As a member of London Wheelchair Rugby Club (LWRC), he was selected to train with the GB squad in 1999, narrowly missing out on a place at the Sydney Paralympics in 2000. Vowing never to miss a major tournament again, Andy dedicated himself to Rugby and in 2001, was selected for the European Championship squad, however the tournament was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.
His international career finally got off the ground at the 2002 World Championships and to date his career has encompassed 5 European Championships (including three gold’s and a silver), 3 World Championships and 3 Paralympic Games. He also captained Great Britain from 2005-2009, a term which saw the proudest moment of his career, leading the team out at the Beijing Paralympics.
Andy has had a distinguished club career, winning numerous National titles with London as well as an unprecedented five Europa Cups (European Club Championship). He has also spent time competing in the U.S. league and has played Wheelchair Rugby all over the world. he also was selected for the Paralympics GB squad for London 2012.
Giving back to sport
Andy had helped coach at London Wheelchair Rugby Club for years and in 2009 coached the Irish W/C Rugby squad, helping them qualify for the European Championships. He's also been convolved with the Greenwich Unit for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, looking at how introduce inclusive sports days to schools.Andy regularly gives talks at local schools and other organisations, delivering motivational speeches to encourage health and well being through participation in sport and he's keen to use the skills he's learnt to continue working with young people in sport.