PARALYMPICS FOOTBALL: City keeper Ryan flying all the way to Rio

Ryan Kay (right) pictured with his brother Richard.
Ryan Kay (right) pictured with his brother Richard.
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A Peterborough player was today (June 13) named in the GB seven-a-side football team to take part in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio.

Goalkeeper Ryan Kay (19) from Stanground has been included in the 14-strong ParalympicsGB team to travel to Brazil in September.

Upon hearing the news, Kay said on Twitter: “I’m so proud to announce that I have been selected to represent Great Britain in Rio.”

All but two of the team members will be making their Paralympic debut. Just former Everton FC Academy player Michael Barker and Scottish veteran Jonathan Paterson return from the London 2012 Paralympics and both will compete in their third Games.

Among the new players are former Birmingham City FC player Jack Rutter and Sean Highdale, who previously played for Liverpool FC and also represented England at Under 16 level. The squad also features former Tranmere Rovers forward Ollie Nugent, who currently plays for Chester FC.

Cerebral palsy sufferer Kay, who first started playing at six years-old for Park Farm, played for England in the IFCPF (International Federation of Cerebral Palsy Football) World Championships last year.