Gaz, who was born in Karachi, Pakistan, started playing Wheelchair Basketball at the age of 13, after seeing a roadshow by the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association. He has now been competing for over 13 years.
- Wheelchair Basketball, men's team
- Home Town:
- Karachi, Pakistan
- Ealing, London
- MK Aces
- Date Of Birth:
- 23rd June 1985
- Games Attended:
- London 12
Before his amputation, Gaz was a very athletic child and he fell in love with Wheelchair Basketball as soon as he tried it. He started playing for Force alongside Paralympians such as Sinclair Thomas and Ade Adepitan before moving on to Super League Club MK Aces.
As a junior, Gaz represented GB in a number of international tournaments winning two gold and a silver medal, as well as being chosen in the All Star team at the European’s Championships in Adana, Turkey.
Prior to the Paralympics in Beijing, where he was named as reserve, Gaz moved over to play in Italy at Porto Torres. He made his GB seniors debut at the 2009 BT Paralympic World Cup and he was also a member of the World Championship team that came 5th in 2010. He won gold with the team at the 2011 European Championships, which stands along his greatest achievements to date.
Gaz made his political debut at London 2012, where the team finished in 4th place following defeat to the Americansin the bronze medal match.
Outside of Wheelchair Basketball, Gaz studied at Royal Holloway University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science in 2005.
He likes reading and learning about ancient history and speaks both Urdu and Italian.
He is a 4.0 player.
- 2012 London Paralympic Games
- 2011 European Championships, Nazareth, Israel
- 2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Birmingham, UK