October 23rd, 2016

Great Britain duo set for Rio Paralympic Games

LEAMINGTON’s Nigel Murray and Mandip Sehmi will be representing Great Britain at the Rio Paralympic Games over the coming days.

Murray is Britain’s most successful Boccia player, having won two golds, one silver and one bronze medal from four Games appearances.

He got involved boccia after attending a disability sports taster day through his former work supporting adults with physical impairments at a social services day centre.

Murray, who was awarded an MBE for his services to boccia, made his Paralympic debut in Sydney 2000 where he won gold in the individual BC2 event and narrowly missed out on a podium place in Athens four years later.

At the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games Nigel won silver in the individual BC2 event and gold in the BC1/BC2 team event, where he played alongside Dan Bentley, David Smith and Zoe Robinson.

At London 2012, the BC1/BC2 team faced tough competition to defend their Paralympic title but succeeded in winning bronze.

Semi will represent Great Britain in the wheelchair rugby event after injuring himself in a car crash at the age of 19.

His first taste of full international competition came when he was selected to represent GB at the 2005 European Championships in Denmark, where he won the first of his three European Gold medals (2005, 2007 and 2015).

He made his Paralympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, and was selected to be part of the team that secured a fifth place finish at London 2012.

Murray will be in action when the team boccia events get under way on September 10, while Sehmi takes to the pitch on September 14.