Bryan Kirkland - 2.0 - 2013
Name: Bryan Kirkland
Home City: Leeds AL
Team(s): Lakeshore Foundation 1992-2010/2012-2013
Texas Stampede 2014-2015
Years Played: 1992-Present
National Team: USA 2000/2004/2008
2000 Gold Paralympic Medal
2002 Silver Medal World Championships
2004 Bronze Paralympic Medal
2006 Gold Medal World Championships
2008 Gold Paralympic Medal
Bryan has been active in Quad Rugby since 1992. Following his accident racing Moto-X which put him into his wheelchair, Bryan has been playing with the same fury and intensity that he had before the accident.
Bryan is a 5-time member of the U.S. Quad Rugby Team which won a gold medal in the 2000 games in Sydney, silver medal in 2002 World Championships in Sweden, bronze medal in 2004 games in Athens, gold medal in 2006 World Championships in New Zealand, and most recent gold in Beijing. Bryan was captain of the 2006 U.S. Team and named Best of Class in the World in Sweden and New Zealand as well as captain in Beijing. He has continued his success in a wheelchair by leading the Lakeshore Demolition rugby team to 11 consecutive National Championship games and winning 5 National Championship’s. During this tenure, he has won All-Tournament Team honors more than 35 times since 1995, named Most Valuable Player over 15 times and Athlete of the Year once. Bryan also promotes the sport, by doing numerous player clinics during his playing career.
In 2007, Bryan began speaking on behalf of The Hartford to help promote Wheelchair Rugby and bring awareness to people of all abilities and show them that a disability will limit you only as much as you let it.
In 2008, he became an Ambassador for the U.S. Paralympic Committee making appearances with U.S. Congressional Representatives in Washington D.C. and with Wounded Warriors to promote physical activities for people with disabilities.
Born in Oneonta, AL in 1971, Bryan spends a good deal of his free time making appearances on behalf of the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, where he trains for wheelchair racing. He is also a full time employee at The Home Depot.
Bryan is married to his loving, supporting wife Shai and lives in Leeds, AL. His future goal continues to be an ambassador to those who become disabled and “show them how life can still go on through sports and working.”