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GRIMES Kylie
Sport Wheelchair Rugby
NPC Great Britain   
GenderWomen
Age30
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Further Personal Information
Residence
Farnham, GBR
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began playing in 2008.
Why this sport?
Her family had always been mad on rugby.
Club / Team
Kent Crusaders:
Name of coach
Tom O'Connor [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2011
Competing for
Great Britain
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Playing against Australia in the 2011 GB Cup. (gbwr.org.uk, 02 Mar 2012)
Ambitions
"To make the final 12 for the Paralympics in 2012. (gbwr.org.uk, 02 Mar 2012)
Other information
DISABILITY ORIGIN
She was left paralysed from the chest down after hitting her head diving into a friend's swimming pool in August 2006. In August 2011, she attempted to sue the owner of the house where the accident happened for 6 million as there were no warning signs displayed but the judge, Mrs Justice Thirlwall said, "She was an adult. She did something which carried an obvious risk. She chose, voluntarily, to dive when, how and where she did, knowing the risks involved." Before the accident, she had been a keen swimmer and loved riding horses. (dailymail.co.uk, 04 Aug 2011)

UNIQUE
She is the only female on the Great Britain wheelchair rugby team, and it was a visit to her hospital by the all-male team which gave her the push to take up the sport. She said, "When members of the GB wheelchair rugby team visited the ward it seemed like a good idea for me to give it a try. I am the only woman in the team. It is a male dominated sport, and I think that is one of the things that puts women off. There are not enough women to form a female British wheelchair rugby team." (gbwr.org.uk, 02 Mar 2012, insidethegames.biz, 15 Dec 2011)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
5 2012 Team