Biographies

Keryn Seal
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Keryn’s sporting background is predominantly in team sports. Playing
football, rugby, and cricket at school and local level.

Keryn started his international sporting career in blind cricket.
Making his debut for England at the 2002 World Cup at the age of 20.
He went on to represent England 35 times from 2002 to 2007, before
choosing to focus on his football.

Keryn made his international debut for the England blind football team
in September 2005. He was then selected to play in the 2005 European
Championships, where he made 3 appearances as a substitute.

Keryn managed to break in to the starting lineup for England at the 2006
World Cup in Argentina. Playing in all 5 of England’s games. Since
2006 Keryn has been a constant in the England starting lineup, playing
in the 2007 European Championships, 2008 Beijing Paralympics, 2009
European Championships, 2010, World Cup, 20011 European Championships,
and the 2012 London Paralympics.
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Keryn has won 70 caps for his country, scoring 8 goals, and has
proudly captained the team on 7 occasions. He typically has played
either in central defense, or as a defensive midfield player. Keryn’s
strengths are in reading the game, breaking up attacks, and creating
opportunities for his teammates.

Outside of football, Keryn is a father of three wonderful children, he
is a keen runner, and loves to read anything to do with sports.

Alongside his football, Keryn completed a BSC in Sports Studies from
2007 to 2010 at the University of Worcester.

Keryn has so far won 2 silver and 2 European championship medals,
finished 4th at a World Cup, and placed a highest of 5th at a
Paralympic games. He is hungry to better this record as he and the
team approach their best years.

Robin Williams

Having been a swimmer at junior international level until the age of fifteen, Robin took a prolonged break from competitive sport to focus on his academic studies. He undertook a degree in Mathematics at Exeter University, during which time he met England blind football squad members Keryn Seal and Dan James.

Robin has played blind football competitively since 2008, and has been a member of the England and Great Britain squads since 2009. He made his debut in Greece in October of that year, and was selected for the World Championship squad in 2010, featuring in every game for England who eventually finished in fourth place. In 2011 Robin broke in to the starting line up at the European Championships, starting four of the five games. He was delighted to be selected to represent Great Britain at the 2012 Paralympics, where he again played a prominent role for Great Britain.

Having amassed over fifty caps, Robin has become one of the more experienced members of the squad, although in footballing terms he is still relatively new to the game with a lot more to offer.

Robin typically plays as a winger, a position that requires a combination of attacking and defensive play. His strengths are his pace on the ball and the ability to go past players and create space for others. The ability to communicate effectively is critical in Robin’s position, as one must switch seamlessly between defence and attack.

Outside of football Robin has recently completed a PhD in statistics at Exeter University on a part-time basis, and balances his full time job with a stringent training programme.