Ayaz Bhuta MBE is a Wheelchair Rugby Paralympic Gold Medallist. Ayaz was born with Robert’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects both his upper and lower body limbs.
He stands at a mighty 3ft 7 inches tall and weighs in at 45kg. Ayaz’s childhood years were plagued by hospital visits and major operations which affected his early education but despite this setback he was able to graduate from university in 2010.
Throughout his life Ayaz has had to break down his own barriers, with the biggest one being told that he would not be able to compete internationally for Great Britain due to his stature. Despite this setback Ayaz was determined to prove people wrong and worked even harder and returned to the GB team three years later. Since returning to the Great Britain team Ayaz has competed at two Paralympic games, is a double European Champion and a Paralympic Gold Medallist from Tokyo 2020.
The team made history by becoming the first GB and European team to ever win a medal at the Paralympic games in the sport of wheelchair rugby, it just so happened to be gold! Ayaz was awarded an MBE for services to wheelchair rugby after this magnificent achievement. Ayaz has also received an Honorary Doctorate from his former university for his services to sport and the community.
Coming from a South Asian Muslim background Ayaz is determined to change the perception towards disability that he has grown up with an continues to face. He wants to encourage more people with disabilities from his community to believe they can achieve anything they want to no matter the barriers that lie ahead. Ayaz frequently visits schools inspiring the next generation.
In 2022 Ayaz announced his retirement from competing internationally amassing 158 caps over the course of his career. Ayaz is keen to carry on his good work in breaking down barriers and show people that anything is possible. Since retiring Ayaz is looking forward to coaching at his club team West Coast Crash.