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Paralympics Head to Head in Worcester

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Three international wheelchair basketball teams, including Great Britain, will go head to head at the University of Worcester next month, ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Members of the public from across the region will have the chance to see Great Britain take on two of their biggest rivals, Spain and Canada, in three days of free games as they battle to be crowned champion of the Standard Life Continental Clash. The games take place on Sunday, June 10th, Monday, June 11th and Tuesday, June 12th.

The Standard Life GB Men’s Team is preparing to build on its 2008 Bronze Medal and Gold at the 2011 European Championships at this year’s Paralympic Games. Canada is seeking to go one better than its 2008 Silver Medals and return to its Gold of the 2000 and 2004 Games.

Meanwhile Spain – GB’s opening opponents of the tournament – will be looking to announce its future medal threat with six crushing performances in Worcester.

Mick Donovan, Head of the University’s Institute of Sport & Exercise Science, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this prestigious tournament between Great Britain, Canada, and Spain. Wheelchair basketball is a big part of our disability sport provision at Worcester and it’s fantastic to have three big international teams coming to showcase what players can achieve.

“We hope the community of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and beyond, will come and support this fantastic event and play their part in getting behind Team GB in the build up for the Paralympic Games.”

Tickets are free but places must be reserved in advance by contacting Susie Hart at s.hart@worc.ac.uk  

The fixtures for the Games are as follows:

Sunday, June 10th
10:00 Canada V Spain
15:00 Spain V GBR
20:00 GBR V Canada

Monday, June 11th
10:00 Canada V GBR
14:00 ESP V CAN
20:00 GBR V ESP

Tuesday, June 12th
10:00 Spain V GBR
14:00 Canada V Spain
20:00 GBR V Canada