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. He currently plays for Italian club side Briantea84.
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 Rio, Ian was a key member of the squad who won the bronze medal in the hotly contested game against Turkey. Following the Rio Paralympics Ian took a short break from International Competition and penned an autobiography regarding this journey to date.
Ian, who enjoys the rough, tough, fast-paced nature of the sport, made his Paralympic debut at London 2012 in front of a home crowd.
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