Robin Tarr

Robin Tarr

Robin Tarr is Paralympic Gold medal winner, former Wheelchair Rugby player and coach and current Head of Coaching Programmes for Wheelchair Rugby.

Having played rugby throughout his school days, Robin Tarr went on to follow the family tradition and became a coal miner. However, in 1981 a devastating road accident left him paralysed and dramatically change the course of his life.

In the months following the accident, Robin faced numerous life-threatening complications but his resilient spirt and perseverance helped him through the long road of recovery, coming to terms with paralysis and learning to adapt to a life confined to a wheelchair.

Robin Tarr was introduced to wheelchair rugby and in 1991 a Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team was established and he was selected to go and represent his country in Toronto Canada.

He went on to have an illustrious career spanning two decades including three Paralympics (Athens 2004 as captain), three World championships and three European championships.

Robin Tarr shares his incredible journey in life from the depths of despair to the heights of success as a Keynote Speaker, as well as talking to young people in schools.

Contact Great British Speakers today to book Paralympian, former medal winning wheelchair rugby champion and inspirational speaker Robin Tarr for your next event.

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I was privileged to be invited to join my TMK’s executive team for an evening of Wheelchair Rugby with Robin Tarr PLY. Rob did a fantastic job explaining the history of the sport and his own journey from concept all the way to Paralympic Gold. Rob is a humble and engaging speaker, very inspirational without any pompousness or pretence.

After the introduction, we proceeded to the rugby court where we were all given our wheelchairs and a safety briefing. Rob took us slowly through the basics and gradually ramped things up to us playing a game with most of the rules in place.

I felt particularly included, as someone with poor ball sense I’m often not very good at group sports but Wheelchair Rugby gives everyone a chance to be a contributor, whether you have upper body mobility/coordination or not. I also loved that it is a mixed gender sport.
Rob coached us professionally and with sincerity, it was clear how much he loves the sport and why he is a Gold Medal Paralympian. I cannot recommend this experience more highly.

Helga Smith, Market Change Analyst, Tokyo Marine

Rob Tarr brings a breath of fresh air to School Assemblies. He has a friendly, down to earth manner that immediately engages students whatever their age. From him you learn about the incredibly exciting world of wheelchair rugby; you learn about the world of the Paralympian, and the dedication, hard work and sheer determination that is required to progress and be successful. Pulling no punches, Rob will talk about why he is wheelchair-bound and the problems he confronts on a daily basis. However, what come through is a determination to succeed, and a willingness to face life’s ups and downs head-on.

Neil Kendrick Head Master
Carlton Le Willows Comprehensive

Nottingham Trent University delivers the oldest sports module in the UK, which addresses the area of Sports for People with a disability.  Rob Tarr – ex GB Wheelchair Rugby Captain – has been an integral part of this programme for many years and has proved very popular with the students. He is reliable, genuine and presents in relaxed manner so the students gain an in-depth appreciation of the sport of Wheelchair Rugby and the range of contemporary issues surrounding it.

Any audience will be intrigued by the insight Rob develops into this exciting Paralympic Sports. Along the way he is also excellent at providing direct and indirect understanding into the challenges of living with his specific impairment through the social model of disability.

Doug Williamson, Nottingham Trent University.

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