Kylie Grimes

Kylie Grimes

Kylie has been involved with Back Up on various courses that have enabled her to continue playing sport after her accident. She has also helped others with spinal cord injuries by becoming a volunteer wheelchair skills trainer but as soon as she saw her first game of Wheelchair Rugby, Kylie says she knew it was the sport for her.


Kylie has been involved in Wheelchair Rugby for 2 years. She made her debut with the British team in Leeds at a friendly match against Canada and being selected to compete for Paralympics GB fulfils one of her sporting ambitions, as she has always wanted to represent her country although she admits she was surprised to be named in the Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby squad for the London Games.


"I didn't expect it. A year ago I wasn't even training with GB or in contention to be selected," she said.

"To be at the Paralympics is a pretty amazing achievement."


Kylie loves Wheelchair Rugby as it is a male-dominated sport that tends to be fast, strong and very competitive. The 24-year-old from Farnham is only the second woman selected for a Great Britain squad in the sport.


Despite being one of six players in the 11-strong squad who have not played at the Games before, Grimes believes they have a chance of picking up a medal on home soil.


"We're sixth in the world at the moment but we've been playing so much better than that," she continued.

"We've beaten fifth-placed Canada and Japan, who are sitting third. We're a very young squad who have been playing extremely well.

"We're training hard and I believe we have every chance of a medal."

She views Australian Riley Batt as one of the best players in the world and one of the highlights of her career so far was shooting the ball past him during a game.

One of Kylie’s sporting inspirations is Paralympic rower Tom Aggar, whom she admires for his attitude and his sporting achievements.

Kylie also enjoys athletics and Handcycling, and she has three horses.

To find out when Kylie is playing and how the ParalympicsGB rugby team gets on follow this link.