Ian Brown – Project Delivery Officer
Ian has been involved in sport since taking up Judo aged nine, started assisting his father in running the club from aged 13 and becoming club coach aged 19 (the first wheelchair user to gain the qualification).
Ian left school aged 16 to become a trainee structural engineer from ARC (now AMEY) working on Stansted airport before being assigned his own project responsible for drainage at RAF Linton on Ouse aged 18 estimated at 1.3 million and then went to manage the materials laboratory at Head office in Abingdon whilst completing his structural mechanics HND at Oxford Poly. Unfortunately Ian didn’t complete this due to having a motorcycle accident aged 18 in January 1991. Following the hospital using wheelchair basketball as rehabilitation, Ian started playing for Sheffield Steelers. Also starting a club at NK Sports Centre (in 1991 & it’s still running today) training over 20 hours a week Ian progressed quickly working his way up the ranks to play for the second team. Ian also worked with the club in Yorkshire going in to schools and giving children with a Physically disability the chance to have a go at wheelchair Basketball. In 1996 he left and started playing and coaching the Jaguars WBC from 1996 to the present day now the head coach, chairman and 1st team captain.
From 1996 Ian has done lots of voluntary work in Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire and in this time acquired numerous coaching qualifications as well as an International classifier qualification for wheelchair basketball.
In 2004 Ian featured in Sport England’s Change for Sport strategy following completing the Athletes as Advocates, English Federation of Disability Sport training programme helping athletes with a disability into paid employment. First working for Lincolnshire Federation of Disability Sport from 2003 then Active Lincolnshire as Equality and Diversity Officer. Ian was also invited to Number 10 to represent the East Midlands in supporting the bid for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (and believes this is why we won it!).
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