Tag Archive: wheelchair basketball

A slightly belated report from the Junior Amputee Games

Here’s a report from our own David Bickers who was at the Junior Amputee Games held at Stoke Mandeville on the 15th/16th September. Apologies for the late appearance of this post. *************************  Dear All – This was a great weekend and well attended. Approx 60 children over the two days. Mentors from different sports were… View Article
Paralympics boom echoes around British sport – a great legacy

Paralympics boom echoes around British sport – a great legacy

Peter Walker and Zoe Holman guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 2 October 2012 18.00 BST Clubs at the grassroots of sports from cycling to boccia move to capitalise on surge in post-Games interest The Paralympics inspired thousands of Britons to decide that having a disability was no barrier to sport as they cheered on David Weir, Ellie Simmonds and other… View Article
Leigh Day & Co supported inaugural Junior Amputee Games

Leigh Day & Co supported inaugural Junior Amputee Games

18 September 2012 The Inaugural LimbPower Junior Amputee Games, sponsored by Leigh Day & Co, took place last weekend at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics. The event was a great success with children between the ages of 6 and 18 years old participating in a variety of Paralympic sports over two days. The… View Article
Paralympic Games: Inside the theatre of miracles. (Read this and be thankful for change)

Paralympic Games: Inside the theatre of miracles. (Read this and be thankful for change)

By Cole Moreton for London 2012 The thrilling achievements of the Paralympians have caused us to see them as role models, not victims. They have changed our lives. I was on my feet in the Olympic stadium, yelling at the top of my voice, when I thought of her. Sharon, a friend from a long… View Article

That classification issue again! Paralympics Puzzles Explained…

From The Wall Street Journal – September 4th LONDON—Standing outside the Paralympics table-tennis arena at the ExCel Centre here Sunday, spectator Andrew Ure said he’d been enjoying the games, but also had “a lot of questions about it in my mind.” For instance, what’s the difference between class 32 and 34 in athletics? In the… View Article
Paralympic Categories – for those confused!

Paralympic Categories – for those confused!

I confess to being bamboozled by some of the categorisation used in the Paralympics so, for those as confused as me, here is the BBC Sport A-Z of Paralympic Classification with more information thrown in for good measure!: The 2012 Paralympics in London involves 20 sports but not all disability categories can compete in each… View Article
Have Fun, Try Sport..An Opportunity from Tees Valley Sport

Have Fun, Try Sport..An Opportunity from Tees Valley Sport

We’ve had notification of the following event from Lisa Jeffries, School Games Project Officer for Tees Valley Sport. * This sounds like a brilliant opportunity for sporty 12-19 year olds and, if you’d like to participate, we recommend you get in touch with Sarah Panayi whose contact details are below. Booking is essential so please… View Article

Paralympics – Perseverance pays off for equestrian

MILLBROOK — The first time Donna Ponessa’s equestrian coach, Wes Dunham, saw her on a horse about two years ago, he told her to sit up straighter. Ponessa, who has multiple sclerosis and is paralyzed from the chest down, said she didn’t think she could ride unless she hunched slightly forward. “I can’t breathe if… View Article

Paralympics – WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL: SIMON MUNN IS STILL OUR BIG HOPE

SIMON MUNN is a big man – in or out of his wheelchair. And that is one of the main reasons why the British basketball team picked him for the Paralympics in the first place 19 years ago. As London 2012 creeps closer, Munn is now heading for his sixth Paralympic Games in a team… View Article

Going for gold

Losing a leg was just one of the hardships faced by Jonas as he grew up in Lithuania – now he’s determined to fly the flag for Britain at London 2012 JONAS Zimnicki is a sportsman on a mission. This week marks a year until the London Olympics begin and – with the 2012 games… View Article
Paralympics-Finbow confident of Euro revenge

Paralympics-Finbow confident of Euro revenge

Published on Tuesday 7 June 2011 08:56 DEWSBURY wheelchair basketballer Peter Finbow is the first to admit that Great Britain’s revenge mission didn’t go to plan at the BT Paralympic World Cup – but he’s still convinced it will be accomplished come September’s European Championships. The 35-year-old underwent two shoulder operations in 2009 and as… View Article

Pioneering Paralympian Frank Ponta dies, aged 75

From: The Australian JUST five days after the passing of Australia’s oldest Olympian Bill Roycroft, the Australian Paralympic Committee is mourning the death of 75-year-old Frank Ponta. Like five-time Olympian Roycroft, Ponta represented his country at five Paralympic Games starting with the very first held in Rome in 1960. Ponta, who dies in Perth last… View Article

Paralympics-Paralympic basketball star Kirsty Wallace reveals love inspired her to walk down the aisle on her wedding day

May 30 2011 Lisa Adams LOVE made Kirsty Wallace determined to walk down the aisle at her wedding after being paralysed from the waist down in a horrific accident. And it was that same determination that made her a star of the Team GB wheelchair basketball team that won the World Cup last week. Now, the… View Article

Paralympics-Blake still on course for 2012

Dorchester middle-distance runner Paul Blake insists his pursuit of London 2012 glory has not been blown off course despite a fifth-place finish on his BT Paralympic World Cup debut. The 21-year-old made an explosive start to 2011, grabbing 400m gold and 800m silver at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand in January but in… View Article
Paralympics-Golden girl Charlotte refuses to take anything for granted

Paralympics-Golden girl Charlotte refuses to take anything for granted

MANSFIELD swimmer Charlotte Henshaw insists she’s taking nothing for granted despite striking a major psychological blow ahead of the European Championships in Berlin. The 24-year-old grabbed 100m breaststroke gold at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, seeing off a top-quality field in the process. Henshaw touched home in 1:39.33 minutes, ahead of Paralympic gold… View Article
Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball settle for bronze

Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball settle for bronze

The GB men’s wheelchair basketball team secured the bronze medal at the BT Paralympic World Cup, defeating Brazil by 63-43 in the third place play-off. By Gareth A Davies They undoubtedly missed veteran playmaker Jon Pollock, who was sidelined three days before the event with a shoulder injury. Teenager Harry Brown was drafted in to… View Article
Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Men add Bronze to GB Medal Tally at BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB men’s Wheelchair Basketball team secured the bronze medal at the BT Paralympic World Cup, defeating Brazil by 63-43. The home team started out slowly and trailed throughout the first quarter. But they came out fighting in the second quarter and took the lead in the first two minutes. Terry Bywater had a great… View Article

Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: day four report

There was the feeling of a coming of age about this victory for Great Britain women’s wheelchair basketball team, crowned champions of the BT Paralympic World Cup for the first time today. They thumped Germany 63-52 in the final. By Gareth A Davies It was not the margin, but the manner of victory that was… View Article
Moorcroft backs city Olympic role

Moorcroft backs city Olympic role

FORMER Olympic Athlete David Moorcroft believes Coventry can continue its tradition of producing world class Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The former 5,000 metre world record holder competed in three Olympic games for Great Britain in 1976, 1980 and 1984 and the city has produced some of the country’s finest athletes since. Hopefuls including runner Rowena… View Article
Paralympics-Newquay swimmer Jonathan Fox aiming for golds at Berlin Euros

Paralympics-Newquay swimmer Jonathan Fox aiming for golds at Berlin Euros

By Gerard Meagher NEWQUAY swimmer Jonathan Fox has been smashing records left, right and centre of late – and he’s vowed to break new ground at this summer’s European Championships in Berlin. The 19-year-old has rewritten the record books in the 50m and 100m backstroke events in recent months and has the world best for… View Article

Paralympics-Inspiring Paralympic athletes speak of their 2012 fever

As British Paralympic stars compete in the World Cup, one basketball player, who is an amputee, tells Channel 4 News why life is “easier” for him than soldiers who have lost their legs in war zones. More than 240 athletes from 34 countries are competing in this week’s BT Paralympic World Cup, including “blade-runner” Oscar… View Article

Paralympics-Freeman sinks Germany while British men thump Brazil in Manchester

By Gerard Meagher, Sportsbeat, in Manchester HELEN Freeman fired Great Britain to their second straight victory at the BT Paralympic World Cup – this time seeing off world silver medallists Germany in style in Manchester. ON FIRE: Great Britain head coach Garry Peel talks to his side during their impressive victory over Germany at the… View Article

Paralympics-BT Paralympic World Cup 2011: day one report

By: Gareth A Davies Great Britain’s women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup wheelchair basketball campaign off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but their male counterparts had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France. The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 victory; an important result… View Article
Paralympics-Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius visits Olympic Stadium

Paralympics-Paralympic gold medallist Oscar Pistorius visits Olympic Stadium

Paralympic gold medallist and world-record holder Oscar Pistorius today visited the Olympic Stadium to see for himself where he may be competing in under 500 days time. Oscar Pistorius, a BT Ambassador, was given a tour of the Olympic Stadium ahead of his appearance at the BT Paralympic World Cup which starts today. Oscar Pistorius,… View Article
Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Mixed Fortunes for GB Team’s on first day of BT Paralympic World Cup

The GB women got their 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup off to a fantastic start with victory over Canada but GB men had a frustrating opener with defeat at the hands of France. The women had a storming opening game with a 47-43 win over Canada; an important result against a team seeded three places… View Article

Paralympics-Debutant Wallace desperate to prove her worth at Paralympic World Cup

WITH wedding bells still ringing in her ears, Kirsty Wallace will be hoping to make it a double celebration later this month when she makes her international wheelchair basketball debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup. Wallace will be making her first appearance as part of a 12-strong Great Britain women’s team that will take… View Article
Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

Paralympics-Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Game Launches 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup

The seventh annual BT Paralympic World Cup was launched today as members of the GB Wheelchair Basketball men’s and women’s teams took over the Manchester Arndale Centre to stage a celebrity demonstration event. Over the coming week, 23-28 May, some of the world’s best elite Paralympic athletes will descend on Manchester for the BT Paralympic… View Article
Paralympics-Nigel Murray with more on Boccia

Paralympics-Nigel Murray with more on Boccia

TWO-time Paralympic gold medallist Nigel Murray is the first to admit that boccia is not exactly the sexiest of sports – but he’s vowed to get the British public’s juices flowing at London 2012. The 46-year-old has a trophy cabinet brimming with major honours, including world and European gold medals, while he recently took his… View Article

Paralympics-Former sports stars help launch BT Paralympic World Cup

GREAT BRITAIN rugby league legend Martin Offiah has swapped his boots for wheels in Manchester to launch the BT Paralympic World Cup. The 45-year-old got his chance to take part in an exhibition wheelchair basketball match at the Arndale Centre where the Paralympic World Cup kicks off for real next week. He was joined by Channel 4’s That… View Article

Paralympics-Caroline Maclean is optimistic of ending GB’s bronze age

Haverhill wheelchair basketball player Caroline Maclean believes Great Britain are more than capable of bringing an end to their European bronze age – and with London 2012 just a year away, she thinks there’s no time like the present. The 36-year-old is set to compete in her fourth Paralympics in the capital next year, hoping… View Article
Paralympics-World Cup stars’ sights on French

Paralympics-World Cup stars’ sights on French

FRANCE and Great Britain have never enjoyed the friendliest of sporting rivalries, and if Barnsley wheelchair basketballer Ian Sagar has his way, the BT Paralympic World Cup will only add to the drama. The 29-year-old is part of a 12-strong squad heading to Manchester for next week’s competition looking to defend their title against Paralympic… View Article

Paralympics-Gutsy Stephens goes for that Golden Shot

MOST kids would love a helicopter ride on their ninth birthday and Nathan Stephens was no different – except his was a matter of life and death. He made that air-ambulance dash without his legs. They were left behind on a railway line near Bridgend in South Wales along with the new trainers he had… View Article

Paralympics-Natasha’s Hoop Hopes are High

Epsom wheelchair basketball player Natasha Davies hopes to make her Great Britain debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup. The 19-year-old only began training with the senior British team in September but is on the verge of her maiden appearance after being chosen as part of a 12-strong team for the World Cup. Davies is… View Article
Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

Paralympics-6 of Great Britain’s most inspiring athletes tell us why… There’s no limit

The BT Paralympic World Cup begins in Manchester on Monday with 300 dedicated athletes from 31 countries competing in the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. Most of those athletes have an inspiring and uplifting story to tell. Here Sportsmail catches up with six of them before the action kicks off… LOUISE… View Article
Bywater Seeking Revenge

Bywater Seeking Revenge

WHEELCHAIR basketball player Terry Bywater insists a healthy dose of revenge is on the menu at next month’s BT Paralympic World Cup – admitting Great Britain have some unfinished business to attend to. The 28-year-old, who has featured for GB at three Paralympic Games, securing two bronze medals in the process, will line up against… View Article

Paralympic World Cup News – Laurie Williams aims for medal

ALTRINCHAM wheelchair basketball player Laurie Williams is hoping for a glorious homecoming at this month’s Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. The 21-year-old is part of a 12-strong British squad that will take on an extremely strong field of Japan, Canada, who are third in the world rankings, and Germany who are second. Team GB suffered… View Article

Paralympic World Cup – Opportunity to take part in Wheelchair Basketball Shootout

(…and you’ll find the answer – if you don’t already know it! – in the pages of this Website!) The Manchester Evening News has teamed up with The BT Paralympic World Cup to give two lucky readers the opportunity to take part in a Wheelchair Basketball shootout with T4 presenter Rick Edwards on Friday 20… View Article
Sitting Volleyball to Make Debut Appearance During BT Paralympic World Cup

Sitting Volleyball to Make Debut Appearance During BT Paralympic World Cup

The Great Britain men’s Sitting Volleyball team will be making their debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester next month, ahead of the European Championships in Rotterdam in October. The team will be taking on The Netherlands in an International Match staged during the annual elite disability sporting event. The team, who have… View Article
Penn State Student Working Toward Paralympics After Leg Amputation

Penn State Student Working Toward Paralympics After Leg Amputation

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State student Jake Schrom was eager to be home for the summer. It was May 15, 2008, and he had just begun his usual summer job, working for his family’s tree service and landscaping business in Carlisle. He was at the job site, getting ready to dump a full load of debris… View Article
Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup

Oscar Pistorius relishing return to action in BT Paralympic World Cup

The Paralympic World Cup, sponsored by BT until 2012, takes place over the next six days in Manchester, with more than 400 athletes from 40 countries competing in their first elite international test since the Paralympic Games in Beijing. By Gareth A Davies Triple Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius and respectively, cycling, swimming and wheelchair basketball… View Article