With an international reputation for an all-round shooting game, Terry Bywater continues to build upon the talent and dedication which saw the Redcar native make his major debut at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, aged just 17.
Indeed, Terry – who then earned the honour of representing ParalympicsGB at the following four Games, winning three bronze medals – has amassed a phenomenal wealth of experience and success since he first started playing wheelchair basketball aged 13.
Born without a tibia and fibula in his left leg which resulted in its amputation at two-years-old, Terry’s introduction to the sport came through an open day in Middlesbrough with local club the Teeside Lions. Since that day, the sport has changed Terry’s life. Through wheelchair basketball, Terry has found great friendships whilst developing into an elite athlete who has competed at 20 major championships, claiming 14 senior international medals.
Quickly earning a place in the GB U23 Team, Terry won silver with the senior team at the 2002 World Championships and has since travelled the world both representing his nation and European Clubs.
The year before the London Games, Terry was GB’s leading points’ scorer during the gold medal run at the 2011 European Championships, a feat which he repeated for GB at London 2012 where the team finished in fourth place.
In 2015, at his eighth European Championships, Terry received the honour of co-captaining the GB Men alongside Ian Sagar – leading the team to not only their third consecutive European title, but a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where the squad won the Bronze medal.
At the 2015 European Championships (Worcester, UK), Terry led from the front: ending the Championships both as GB’s top scorer and within the overall top 10 players for both points (7th) and rebounds (9th).
In 2018 Terry was part of the team who secured the World Championship title, making him the only member of the squad to have won both a silver and gold World Championships medal.
Away from the basketball court, Terry relishes spending time with his family and is a Middlesbrough F.C. supporter.
2021 Paralympic Games (2020), Tokyo, Japan – Bronze
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
2009 European Championships, Adana, Turkey – Bronze
2008 Beijing Paralympic Games – Bronze
2007 European Championships, Wetzlar, Germany – Silver
2006 World Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5th
2005 European Championships, Paris, France – Silver
2004 Athens Paralympic Games – Bronze
2003 European Championships, Sassari, Italy – Bronze
2002 World Championships Kitakyushu, Japan – Silver
2001/02 European Championships, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 4th
2000 Sydney Paralympic Games – 4th