At 17-years-old Ian broke his back in a motorbike accident and, after first noticing wheelchair basketball in 1999 during his rehab at hospital, he was re-introduced to the sport through his work as a salesman for sports wheelchairs.
After playing for the Sheffield Steelers for three years, Ian competed for the Tameside Owls before moving on to the sunnier climates of the Spanish National League for two years and then to Italy before moving to RSV Lahn-Dill in Germany for the 2020/21 season.
After making his debut for Great Britain in 2008, Ian firmly made his presence felt with outstanding performances at the 2010 BT Paralympic World Cup – winning gold – and World Championships in 2010
Ian has been a part of the bronze and gold winning European Championship teams since 2009; co-captaining the team to gold and a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Worcester 2015 Championships.
In 2012, Ian made his Paralympic Games debut in front of a home crowd in London, before being a key member of the squad, four years later, in Rio where the team won the bronze medal in the hotly-contested game against Turkey.
Following the Rio Paralympics, Ian took a short break from international competition, before making a successful return to competition in 2019 as part of the European Championships gold-medal winning side.
2021 Paralympic Games (2020), Tokyo, Japan – Bronze
2019 European Championships, Poland – Gold
2016 Rio Paralympics Games – bronze
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – gold
2014 World Championships, Incheon, South Korea – 7th
2013 European Championships, Frankfurt, Germany – gold
2012 London Paralympic Games – 4th
2011 European Championships, Nazareth, Israel – gold
2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Birmingham, UK – 5th
2009 European Championships, Adana, Turkey – bronze