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Royal visit marks stunning opening ceremony at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships

  • The University of Worcester Arena welcomed the Duke of Gloucester for the opening ceremony of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.
  • Spectators treated to a breathtaking spectacle of dance and drama as dancers performed in aerial harnesses and dancer in wheelchair suspended above the crowd.
  • Opening ceremony marks official GB countdown to the Paralympic Games in Rio as teams aim for qualification in both men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball events.

The University of Worcester Arena welcomed the Duke of Gloucester and President of International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Europe, Jan Berteling today, to celebrate the official opening of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

The jubilant crowd were treated to a stunning performance of dance and drama that echoed back to London 2012, packed with creativity and passion. 

Talented young dancers mesmerized spectators, bringing Rhianna’s ‘Diamond’ to life whilst gracefully moving in aerial harnesses, as a dancer took to the rafters in her wheelchair, to shine bright in front of the packed crowd. Finishing with a nod to Europe with 2 Unlimited’s 90s hit ‘Get Ready for this’.

Paul Golz, creative director of Ephemeris Dance and senior lecturer in Dance for the University of Worcester, said:

“All our dancers should be really proud of themselves today.  They have come from across the UK with a wide variety of styles: everything from Afro-house to Ballet to display the best community dance in the UK to the rest of the world.”

Martin Morton, Chairman of the Worcester organising committee, said: “We hope that the memory of this opening ceremony will stay in people’s minds for many years to come. The goal was to communicate the freedom that people feel when challenging themselves to do things differently and we strongly believe that Wheelchair Basketball gives people the freedom to challenge themselves to live healthy, active and happy lives.”

The GB Teams will be two of 19 teams from across Europe fighting for the European title and their qualification place in the 2016 Rio Paralympics.

Tickets can be here or phone ticketline on 0844 888 9991.

Watch the opening ceremony here.