Thursday, 19 April 2012
A member of staff and two graduates of the University of Worcester have been named in the Great Britain Blind Football squad for the 2012 Paralympic Games.
The British Paralympic Association this week announced the team, which includes staff member Will Norman and graduates Keryn Seal and Lewis Skyers. Lewis is one of two sighted goalkeepers.
Will, who also played at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008, said: “I’m delighted to have been selected. It will be a huge honour to step out on to the pitch in our home nation. We have been training hard, and will continue to do so with the aim of securing a medal at the Games.”
The team won a bronze medal at the 2011 IBSA European Championships in Aksaray, Turkey.
David Mycock said: “We have a very talented team who are committed and keen to show the world what they can do.
“I think we’ve got a really good chance of building on the Bronze medal we won at the European Championships last year and hopefully coming home with a Gold or Silver.”
Sighted goalkeeper Dan James and blind player Robin Williams, who both play for Worcester Blind Football Club, have also been selected for the Great Britain squad.
The squad recently played a friendly against Spain at the RNC in Hereford, where they train every month. They will fly to Madrid in June for a tournament against Brazil, Argentina, Spain and China before the Paralympic Games in September.