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Gareth Lynch #219

Gareth Lynch loves the intensity and strategy involved in Wheelchair ruby. In 2016, Lynch had an accident diving into a swimming pool that resulted in a C5 – C6 level spinal cord injury from which he has loss of power in his limbs.

Gareth is grateful for the opportunities that have come his way and he has pursued them with determination since his accident. He has always played sport and has loved competing in a team environment again which is something he says he didn’t think he would be able to do after his injury.

Gareth was part of the Wheel Blacks team that placed 3rd at the 2019 Asia Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships.

Gareth made his Paralympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as a team member of the first Wheel Blacks side to compete at the Paralympics since 2008 . The team placed 8th overall and gained valuable experience to build on for their journey to Paris 2024.

Gareth was named a Harvey Norman Para Sport Champion in 2024.

2022 Wheelchair Rugby World Championships
Paralympic Results
Paralympic GamesResult
Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games
  • 8th – Wheelchair Rugby

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    • Hometown: Auckland

    • Born: 5 November 1996

    • Eligible Impairment: Loss of muscle power

    • Health Condition: Quadriplegia (caused by spinal cord injury)

    • Coach: Greg Mitchell

    • Classification: 1.0

    • Games Year: Tokyo 2020

    • Para Sport: Wheelchair rugby

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