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Sporting risks, the law and wheelchair rugby: the case of Kylie Grimes

Sporting risks, the law and wheelchair rugby: the case of Kylie Grimes
Tuesday, 18 September 2012 By Jack Anderson

The GB wheelchair rugby team finished a very credible fifth at the London Paralymics.

The team was mixed and included Kylie Grimes. In 2006, an 18-year-old Grimes sustained serious injuries, leaving her paralysed from the chest down, when she dived into a swimming pool at the home of a friend. Her subsequent claim gives an interesting insight into the courts' perspective on sports-related risk: Grimes v Hawkins [2011] EWHC 2006.

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Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson

Jack Anderson is Special Counsel (Integrity Regulation) at Racing Victoria. Formerly Professor and Director of Sports Law Studies at the University of Melbourne, he has published extensively on sports law, most recently with D Thorpe, A Buti, P Jonson & J Anderson, Sports Law (4th ed, OUP, 2022).

He is a member of World Athletics’ Disciplinary Tribunal, the integrity unit of the International Hockey Federation, and the International Tennis Federation’s Ethics Commission. Jack is an arbitrator on Football Australia’s National Dispute Resolution Chamber, the National Sports Tribunal of Australia and Sport Resolutions UK.

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