His parents then enrolled him in Swimming lessons at his local club where he learnt to swim.Here he shined, taking four seconds off his best time to take the gold medal in the 100m Butterfly, the first of 23 (14 gold, four silver and five bronze) international medals he would win in a Swimming career spanning 10 years.As a junior, Gaz represented GB in a number of international tournaments winning two gold and a silver medal, as well as being chosen in the All Star team at the European’s Championships in Adana, Turkey.Prior to the Paralympics in Beijing, where he was named as reserve, Gaz moved over to play in Italy at Porto Torres.His first competition came six months later, when he took part in the 2006 Wheelchair Rugby National Championships, playing as part London’s winning team.Steve narrowly missed selection for the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games, but following the return of Paralympics GB he represented the 2012 Paralympic hopefuls and led the parade of athletes through London.He has now been competing for 10 years after he joined the British team when he was 15 years old.
She suggested that he try Wheelchair Racing and Mickey was soon hooked on the thrill and speed of the sport.
Steve has also sustained some serious injuries throughout his time playing Wheelchair Rugby, notably during a competition in Germany in 2009, which kept him out of the sport for four months.
Steve describes Australian Riley Batt as his toughest opponent in the sport.
Ellie was born with dwarfism and was one of Britain’s most successful swimmers in Beijing where, aged just 13, she brought home two gold medals in the 100m Freestyle and the 400m Freestyle, making her the youngest ever Briton to win an individual gold medal at a Paralympic Games.
Ellie began Swimming aged five with her local Swimming club and says she was inspired by watching the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Games.She really took to the sport and enjoyed the sociable aspect of being part of the squad.