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Kylie Grimes

Athletics | Wheelchair Rugby

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
0.5

Further personal information

Residence
England
Occupation
Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Languages
English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2010 playing for London Wheelchair Rugby Club in England.
Why this sport?
"After my accident I knew I had to get straight back into sports, not only for the health benefits and to get physically strong again, but because of the social aspect and being around people. It really helped me to focus on something and work towards a goal. I was hooked on the fast pace and extreme full contact between the rugby chairs. I had to play this sport."
Club / Team
Coventry Godiva Harriers: England
Name of coach
Paul Shaw [national], GBR

General interest

Hobbies
Walking her dogs, going to concerts, watching films and TV shows, travelling. (themasonmile.com, 14 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2014 Sports Personality with an Impairment of the Year at the Farnham Sports Awards in England. (farnhamherald.com, 01 Aug 2016)
Other sports
She has also represented Great Britain in Para athletics and competed in the F51 club throw at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and the world championships in 2015 and 2017. (SportsDeskOnline, 04 Aug 2021; kyliegrimes.com, 08 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 01 Jan 2019; kyliegrimes.com, 08 Mar 2019)
Impairment
In 2006 she dived into a swimming pool and hit her head on the bottom, which resulted in a broken neck and quadriplegia. She has no mobility below her breastbone, although she has retained some feeling in her arms that allows her to control her wheelchair. (insidethegames.biz, 23 Mar 2013; dailymail.co.uk, 23 Mar 2013, 04 Aug 2011)
Other information
MIXED TEAM EXPERIENCE
She says playing with and against predominantly male teams makes no difference to her. She was one of only two women to compete in the sport at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. "I don't consider myself as anything other than a rugby player. [The men] hit me just as hard, make me work just as much as them, they don't treat me any differently and that's exactly the way it should be. Of course there's a bit of testosterone flying around and you have to go, 'Calm it down, come on' sometimes, but I can deal with that. I'm empowered to be a female in this sport. Some people say, 'Do you feel intimidated? Nervous?' Not at all. I absolutely love it. When I first started in 2009, I think there were only two or three women, then they dropped out of the sport and I was on my own. But over the last few years [speaking in 2019] we've had more and more females come through - there's young, developing talent and it's great to see. One day it would be a dream to go to a major tournament and have a strong all-female line-up in the mix." (skysports.com, 08 Mar 2019; independent.co.uk, 02 Jun 2021; spabusiness.com, 01 Jan 2019)

RETURN TO WHEELCHAIR RUGBY
She left the sport in 2015 to pursue Para athletics, but returned to wheelchair rugby in 2018 as she enjoys the team element. "To be back with the boys and in my team just feels like coming home. It's the best feeling in the world. They didn't have a hard job convincing me to return, to be honest. Athletics is amazing and I love individual sport, but I've played team sports my whole life and come from a big rugby family - it's in my blood. I also got excited when I saw our high pointers coming on so well and I thought, 'This is my chance to go back and join the boys', because as much as I enjoyed it before, as a low-point player I need high pointers to play my line, so if I don't have them, there's not really a space for me. But now [speaking in 2019] we've got so much depth and variety in the team it's definitely looking strong for the next year and beyond." (skysports.com, 08 Mar 2019; independent.co.uk, 02 Jun 2021)

Results

Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Mixed Group A 2012-09-05 1
Mixed Group A 2012-09-06 3
Mixed Group A - Standings 2012-09-07 3
Mixed Group A 2012-09-07 5
Mixed Classification 5-6 2012-09-08 101
Mixed Classification 5-8 2012-09-08 201
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2015-10-24 4
Women's 100 m T52 Final 1 2015-10-26 4
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Club Throw F51 Final Round 2016-09-11 4
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Club Throw F51 Final 1 2017-07-14 5