At just 10-years-old, Ealing’s Gaz Choudhry had his right leg amputated due to osteosarcoma, bone cancer; two years later, the keen sportsperson’s life changed after being introduced to wheelchair basketball by Gordon Perry at a British Wheelchair Basketball roadshow.
Immediately falling in love with the speed and sense of freedom given by the sport, Gaz honed his craft at London Force (now London Titans) under the guidance of coach Ian Laker whilst playing alongside Paralympians such as Sinclair Thomas and Ade Adepitan. Whilst making his mark on the domestic senior game with Super League Club MK Aces, the 4.0 player also amassed great success with the GB Junior Team at the U22 European Championships – winning one gold and one silver.
In addition to his international success in Europe, Gaz has also earned honours within the continent’s leagues, representing London club Capital City at the 2011-12 Champions Cup and earning All Star honours. The forward has also competed oversees with the Italian clubs Porto Torres (2007-08), A.S.S. Stefano (2010-11), and Briantea84 (2014-16) – with whom Gaz did the double in 2016: winning both the prestigious Italian Championship title and the Coppa Italia.
In the UK, Gaz has been an integral part of the GB Men’s Squad since his debut for the team at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup. Gaz made his debut for ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Games and, in 2015, assisted the GB Men to qualification for Rio 2016 Paralympics and a third consecutive European title. He was part of the men’s team which brought home the Bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics and silver medal at the 2017 European Championships. In 2018 Gaz and the GB Men’s Team made history as the first GB team to secure the World Championships title.
Off the court, Gaz – who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and grew up in London – studied at Royal Holloway University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science (2005). Away from training, he enjoys reading and learning about ancient history.
2019 European Championships, Poland – Gold
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Gold
2017 European Championships, Tenerife, Spain – Silver
2016 Paralympics, Rio, Brazil – 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 Championships, Birmingham, UK- 5th