GB Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Captains have asked the British Public to get behind them as they head towards the final countdown this week at the European Championships.
Dubbed GB Tuesday, September 1st will mark the day that both Britain’s men and women will take to the court, edging them closer to discovering if their Paralympic dreams are to be become their destiny, in the hope of qualifying for Rio 2016.
Great Britain’s women, who are ranked fifth in the world overall and World Number One at U25 are currently sitting in fourth position within their group. But a win against Italy would secure them a place in the quarter final stages and mark them as genuine contenders for a place at Rio.
GB women have started their European challenge confidently, beating Turkey with absolute conviction (72 – 23) in the opening game and repeating their fantastic form to beat France (79 – 37). Their next battle will commence with Germany in front of a full house at the University of Worcester Arena on Bank Holiday Monday.
Excitement was running high with the launch of the GB men’s campaign with a convincing win against the Czech Republic (92 – 42). They then battled hard, suffering from a narrow defeat against Poland (73-85), followed by a confident win against France (80-46).
Bank Holiday Monday saw a disappointing loss against the power houses Germany leaving GB vulnerable following defeat (89 – 55 ). They currently sit in second position in pool A and need to reverse the scoreboards to secure a strong position in the quarter finals.
The event has seen hundreds of spectators travel to watch world-class wheelchair basketball in Worcester, with over 77k hits on the live streaming channels within 48 hours. The atmosphere in the arena has been electric over the damp bank holiday weekend, with thunder clappers, dancers, cheerleaders and lively game play drawing in the crowds.
Whilst visiting the event, fans have been able to enjoy free activities in the Fanzone, including an opportunity to try out wheelchair basketball for themselves, with basketball shooting competitions and table tennis to entertain families of all ages.
GB Women’s Captain Sophie Carrigill commented:
“We thrive on the noise and the adrenaline within the arena. The crowd have already helped us to secure two strong victories and we just don’t want it to end. We really hope that the fans will be there for us when we need them the most and we hope we can reward them with a place in Rio.”
GB Men’s co-captain Ian Sagar said:
“It’s fantastic being in our home stadium in Worcester and having a home crowd really cheers us on, especially when we need it the most. Our European Championship campaign has seen highs and lows and we really need the support of fans to help qualify for Rio and secure our position as Europe Champions.
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