Andy Barrow Paralympian Wheelchair Rugby | MFL Global
Andy Barrow

Andy Barrow

Triple Paralympian, three-time European gold medallist and former captain of the Great Britain wheelchair rugby.

In 1997, Andy Barrow was playing rugby for his local club when he suffered a spinal-cord injury that left him paralysed from the chest down, with limited use of his hands. He was aged just 17.

Following this life-changing injury and many hard months of rehabilitation, his life was transformed again when he discovered wheelchair rugby – also known as “Murderball”.

Andy’s wheelchair rugby career encompassed three Paralympic Games, three World Championships, and five European Championships, where he was part of a record-breaking team that won three gold medals in a row.

He captained Great Britain from 2005 to 2010, and led the team out at the Beijing Paralympics – one of his proudest moments.

The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games was the greatest sporting event in Great Britain’s history, and the perfect opportunity for Andy to end his career on a high. He took the decision to make this his final tournament, following well over 100 appearances for his country.

Since retiring, Andy has gained experience as a speaker and mentor, and as a member of the Professional Speaking Association and Global Speakers Federation, he has spoken for audiences across the world.

Andy now runs his own company providing bespoke workshops, training and seminars on themes of performance and diversity. He also uses his skills as a professional speaker to teach current UK Sport funded athletes how to create maximum impact during their public appearances.

In 2018, Andy Barrow turned his attention to access. His experience as a world traveller sees him working as a consultant with multiple aviation and rail organisations to improve the assisted travel process for customers with impairments.

On the voluntary side Andy is a trustee on the board of directors for Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby and volunteering/care navigation charity, IMAGO, as well as being a Laureus “Sport for Good” ambassador.

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  • Motivational Speaker




Overcoming Adversity



Managing Change

Andy delivered a highly professional talk at our meeting of the Executives Association of Great Britain.He is a very inspirational speaker who draws from his personal and sporting experience and then seems to personalise his message just for you, even though the room is full of people! I can highly recommend Andy’s services.

Executives Association of Great Britain

Andy was the guest speaker at our recent formal Annual International Meal. His speech inspired students and staff from over 40 countries.Andy shared his story of a very personal accident. He made it relevant to each individual in the audience and shared with us how he overcame challenges and succeeded. His speech was short, sharp and very clear. He did not dwell on his many incredible successes as an athlete, but on the keys to success which he made relevant to each and everyone of us. Our students left feeling inspired and more determined to meet their own challenges. Our staff found the speech hugely engaging and likely to repeat what they had heard to other audiences!

ACS International Cobham School

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  • UK:

    £3k to £7k

  • Europe:

    £3k to £7k

  • US:

    £7k to £15k

  • Africa/Asia/ME:

    £7k to £15k

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  • United Kingdom



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