Mandip Sehmi & Andy Barrow

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Mandip Sehmi and Andy Barrow
Photographed by Finlay MacKay
8 March 2011, Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire

Mandip Sehmi (left) and Andy Barrow play in the GB wheelchair rugby squad. During rehabilitation following a car crash, Sehmi was introduced to wheelchair rugby. He trains in London and in 2011 competed in the US wheelchair rugby league playing with Arizonan team Phoenix Heat. Barrow broke his neck during a game of rugby union and took up wheelchair rugby. He has been a member of the national squad since 1999. As team captain, Barrow competed together with Sehmi in Beijing Paralympics in 2008.

‘We are athletes first, disabled second and not just guys in chairs having a go.’
Andy Barrow

© Finlay MacKay/National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012