About Andy


In 1997, Andy Barrow was playing rugby for his local club when he suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. He was aged just 17.

Following this life-changing injury and many hard months of rehabilitation, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball” – and joined the London Wheelchair Rugby club.


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Andy was selected to train with the Great Britain squad in 1999, and narrowly missed out on a place at the Sydney Paralympics. Vowing never to miss a major tournament again, he dedicated himself to the life of a full-time athlete, and made his international début at the World Championships in Gothenburg in 2002.

Andy’s wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of the record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row.

He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the greatest sporting event in Great Britain’s history, and the perfect opportunity for Andy to end his career on a high. He took the decision to make this his final tournament, following well over 100 appearances for his country.

Since retiring, Andy has worked as an athlete mentor for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, created his own successful mentoring projects and now coaches current Great Britain athletes through their public appearances.

Andy regularly speaks to corporate audiences about performance and has also taken his presentations international, where he specializes in creating bespoke itineraries for organisations. Andy is an experienced ambassador who has represented charities including Team London, Right To Play and most recently, Laureus.

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Andy’s International Honours
  • 2012 Paralympics, London, England (5th)
  • 2011 Europeans, Nottwil, Switzerland (2nd)
  • 2010 Worlds, Vancouver, Canada (6th)
  • 2009 Europeans, Hillerod, Denmark (4th) CAPTAIN
  • 2008 Paralympics, Beijing, China (4th) CAPTAIN
  • 2007 Europeans, Espoo, Finland (1st) CAPTAIN
  • 2006 Worlds, Christchurch, New Zealand (4th) CAPTAIN
  • 2005 Europeans, Middlefart, Denmark (1st) CAPTAIN
  • 2004 Paralympics, Athens, Greece (4th)
  • 2003 Europeans, Lommel, Belgium (1st)
  • 2002 Worlds, Gothenburg, Sweden (5th)

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