Watching Team GB warm up for Rio

I recently had the privilege of watching the Great Britain ladies wheelchair basketball team in action as they prepare to compete at the Paralympics in Rio in September.

They were taking on Canada in the Continental Clash 2016 at the University of Worcester’s The Arena. I’m delighted to say they were victorious by seven points.

Great Britain beat Canada by 7 points

Great Britain beat Canada by 7 points

The sheer hard physical work displayed by the ladies of both teams and the competitiveness was so evident in the no-holds-barred match which often saw chairs being tipped over and flipped back.

I also got the chance to meet four members of the reserve GB men’s team before the match.

Me with GB reserve squad members Mark Fosbrook, Joe Beswick, Matt Byrne and George Bates .

Me with GB reserve squad members Mark Fosbrook, Joe Beswick, Matt Byrne and George Bates .

They explained the tactics used in substitution, worked out by the coaches according to the disability of the player eg.  Someone who is very severely disabled has a (1.0) ranking whilst a player not so disabled with more mobility is ranked (4.5).  It was a real pleasure to watch these very talented people who have not let disability get in their way, with no histrionics – they just got on with their game and through sheer determination provided a first-class match.

Presentations at the end of the match

Presentations at the end of the match

Other teams taking part as well as Canada and GB, were Netherlands, France and Germany.  These matches culminated in Bronze and Gold play-offs on 4 August. 

I was also delighted to show Archdeacon Robert Jones around the Civic Centre in Pershore recently. Although he lives in Wychavon he had never visited and so I invited him to meet our Managing Director Jack Hegarty.

The Archdeaon was very appreciative of the offer and we all enjoyed a chat over a cup of tea and cake before Jack gave our guest a brief conducted tour of the Civic Centre, taking in the CCTV facility, Planning Dept. the Council Chamber and Committee rooms. He was most interested in how the council functioned.

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