Road to Rio to Begin with European Championship Draw at Worcester Cathedral

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It has been announced that Worcester Cathedral will host the draw for the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which will take place at the University of Worcester Arena next year.

Taking place on Friday†January 30, the draw will signal the start of the battle for European glory, and for a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

With 20 teams in the hunt to both secure their place in Brazil and win the prestigious European title, the highly anticipated draw will determine the nationsí starting pool groups ahead of their arrival at the University Arena for the Championships, which will take place in August and September.

On home court and with the full support of the nation behind them, the European Championships will see Great Britain's men looking to earn an unprecedented third consecutive gold medal, whilst the British women will be aiming to build upon the fantastic form that saw the team secure the nationís highest ever World Championship finish in June 2014.†

Now, as sportís spotlight turns to the Worcester, the draw will see the hundreds of leading lights from across the sporting world and region treated to a truly extraordinary occasion featuring an unmissable wheelchair basketball demonstration and the opportunity to hear from some of Great Britainís greatest players.

British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Charlie Bethel said: ďIt is great that Worcester Cathedral has supported the European Championships by agreeing to host the draw.††

"This truly inspirational venue reflects the prestige and history that the European Championships holds.†† †

"This Championship highlights the great strides being made in Paralympic Sport and is part of the legacy of London 2012.† It will also provide people with the opportunity to see the Paralympic Champions play and hopefully see the Great Britain Teams win medals and the Menís Team defend the title of European Champions."

The Very Reverend Peter Atkinson, Dean of Worcester, added: ďWe are delighted to have the opportunity to host this event at Worcester Cathedral. It may seem an unusual event to hold in a Cathedral, but it is part of our commitment to the wider community to be open in this way. We wish the competitors all the best for the draw and competition."

Professor David Green, Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Worcester, said: "This will be a wonderful twelve days of sport.†

"Over the last two years ,the people of Worcester and the region have shown very strong support for our Great British wheelchair basketball teams both when playing at the University of† Worcester Arena and in the Invictus Games.† There is now a great appetite for this top flight European tournament.

"We look forward to welcoming all the players, officials and spectators from across Europe to Worcester in August and September."