Michael Kerr

Former Great British Rugby Paralympian
Doctor of Science
In recognition of his outstanding sporting achievements and contribution to higher education in advancing and profiling the development of sport for athletes with a disability.


In 2000, when I was 17, I dived into a swimming pool on holiday in Corfu. Not realising it was the shallow end, I hit my head on the bottom & broke my neck which resulted in permanent paralysis from the chest down.

After spending 10 months in rehabilitation, I started playing wheelchair rugby. Only ever being interested in sport, I quickly fell in love with it & I knew it was what I wanted to dedicate my life to. I was selected for the Great Britain team in 2006 & made my debut at a competition in the United States.

I am the only Scot to date to be selected for the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Team. I represented Great Britain for over 10 years, competing at 2 Paralympic Games (London & Rio), 3 European, winning gold, silver & bronze. I also had the honour of captaining the at the world championships in 2014 finishing 4th.

In 2012, I also had the huge honour of carrying the Olympic torch in the build up to the games. I retired from international rugby in 2016 & have since been inducted into the North Lanarkshire sporting hall of fame.

I now work full time for mobility a company, supplying bespoke wheelchairs, electrical attachments for wheelchairs & fitness equipment all over the UK. I have also set up my own charity called the Michael Kerr Active Project to support people with spinal cord injuries & other disabilities.