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Terry Bywater

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Terry Bywater
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Terry Bywater at Gliders & Rollers World Challenge on 21 July 2012
Personal information
Birth name Terrance Bywater
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 (age 34)
Middlesbrough, England
Residence Cleveland, North Yorkshire
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) (2009)
Weight 74 kg (11 st 9 lb) (2009)
Country Great Britain
Sport Wheelchair basketball
Event(s) Men's team
Club Sheffield Steelers
Team Bulldogs

Terrance "Terry" Bywater[1] (born 28 February 1983) is a British wheelchair basketball player. He participated in the 2000 Summer Paralympics, where his team came in fourth place; in the 2004 Summer Paralympics, where he won a bronze medal and was the highest scorer for Great Britain; the 2008 Summer Paralympics, winning another bronze medal; and the 2012 Summer Paralympics, where his team again came in fourth place.[2][3]


Bywater was born on 28 February 1983 in Dormanstown, England and currently lives in Cleveland, North Yorkshire.[2] As of 2009, he weighs 74 kilograms (11 st 9 lb) and is 1.8 metres (5 ft 11 in) tall.[4] He was born without a tibia and a fibula in his left leg, which was amputated when he was two.[5] He has a son, Benjamin Bywater.[5]

Wheelchair basketball[edit]

Bywater began playing wheelchair basketball at the age of 13 at an open day in Middlesbrough with the Teesside Lions.[5][6] He later played with them.[2] After playing for a year, he was selected for the Great Britain Under-23 team and began training in 1993. He made his debut at the Sydney 2000 Summer Paralympics,[6] and finished fourth.[2] He participated in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, where he won a bronze medal, and was the top Great Britain scorer in the event.[1] He currently plays for the Sheffield Steelers. He once played for C. D. Fundosa in Spain, along with many other European clubs. Bywater returned to England so he could play with the Super League Club Sheffield Steelers throughout the 2011—12 season. He is a 4.5 point player.[5]

His first championships were the 2001/2002 European Championships in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where he finished fourth. In 2002 he went to the World Championships in Kitakyushu in Japan, where he finished second (silver). He participated in the 2003 European Championships in Sassari, Italy, and won bronze. He competed in the 2005 European Championships in Paris, France, and won silver.[5] He competed in the 2006 World Championships in Amsterdam and was fifth place, and in 2007 he participated in the European Championships in Wetzlar, Netherlands, and received a silver medal. Two years later, he won bronze in the European Championships of Adana in Turkey. In 2010, for the first time, he participated in the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Birmingham, and was fifth place.[5] He won gold in the 2011 European Championships in Nazareth, Israel.[5][7] At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the wheelchair basketball team lost to the United States, and finished in fourth position, after losing to Canada, missing out of the finals. He said that not winning a medal at the Paralympics was the "worst moment" of his career.[3][8]


  1. ^ a b "Terry Bywater — The Athletes — Paralympics". Channel4. 28 February 1983. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Terry Bywater — British Paralympic Association". 11 June 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Paralympics 2012: Terry Bywater rues 'worst moment' of career". BBC Sport. BBC. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Basketball: Terry Bywater's Paralympic fitness file | Life and style | The Observer". London: Guardian. 11 January 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Great Britain Men's wheelchair basketball player Terry Bywater". British Wheelchair Basketball. 28 February 1983. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Terry Bywater column: Paralympic World Cup is a big test for GB". BBC Sport. BBC. 20 May 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "European glory for GB men's wheelchair basketball team". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 September 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "Paralympics 2012: GB miss out on wheelchair basketball bronze". BBC Sport. BBC. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.