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A former American soccer linebacker is to take cost of Nice Britain Wheelchair Rugby

in what these throughout the sport hope can be a 12 months of Paralympic success. Jason Brisbane will turn into one of many few black individuals to carry a senior administration function in UK sport when he takes up his place in July.

Brisbane will substitute David Pond as chief govt. The pond has overseen substantial progress within the sport over the previous decade, and a global group ranked fourth on the planet with hopes of a medal in Tokyo later this summer season, ought to the Paralympic Video games go forward.

“I’m delighted and really feel a way of actual delight to have been appointed the brand new CEO of Nice Britain Wheelchair Rugby,” Brisbane mentioned. “The neighborhood concerned within the sport has true dedication and keenness they usually imagine the game is far more than only a recreation.

“I’m excited concerning the alternative to satisfy golf equipment and gamers and proceed to develop wheelchair rugby by driving participation, rising consciousness, and supporting our elite group, with the final word purpose of Paralympics medal success.”

Jason Brisbane has been appointed to lead Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby.
Jason Brisbane has been appointed to steer Nice Britain Wheelchair Rugby. {Photograph}: Courtesy of GBWR

Born in London, Brisbane had a decade-long profession in American soccer

together with a 12 months on the books of the San Diego Chargers. Extra not too long ago he was in command of grassroots improvement for the NFL exterior the US. His work constructing sporting communities made Brisbane an thrilling candidate, in keeping with GBWR chair, Ed Warner. “The wheelchair rugby neighborhood will really profit from his expertise in high-performance sport and the work he has accomplished at neighborhood and grassroots stage.”

The game initially, and nonetheless sometimes, often called Murderball, claims 1,000 practitioners within the UK. Since London 2012 it has seen substantial progress each by way of the aggressive panorama – going from a single league of seven groups to 3 divisions and 30 groups – and by way of funding with UK Sport having pledged £2.6m for the Paris 2024 cycle.

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