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Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics, was delighted to host a training camp recently for the Great British Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Squad.
The camp, which consisted of daily physical training, as well as nutrition and lifestyle advice provided by four highly experienced coaches, will help the Great British Men’s squad prepare for the BT Paralympic World Cup taking place this May in Manchester.
Twenty nine athletes visited from all over the UK and included 10 previous Paralympic medallists; as well as Aylesbury local Simon Munn and SMS’s Milton Keynes Aces player, Terry Yates.
Head coach Murray Treseder comments: “The Great Britain Men’s training camp went really well last week, all 29 athletes including our overseas players attended and we put them through an intensive regime. Training camps such as these are vital to ensure that we are fully prepared to do the best we can at London 2012 next year.”
Ian Seabrook, Business Development Manager at Stoke Mandeville Stadium commented: “We are delighted that the British Wheelchair Basketball chose Stoke Mandeville Stadium to hold their training camp. As the birthplace of the Paralympics, and with London 2012 just around the corner, it is great to see the stadium’s facilities being used to their full advantage.”
Wheelchair Basketball is a leading sport in the Paralympics and has been since the 1940s. Initially developed as a rehabilitative activity for patients with spinal cord injuries, it quickly developed into the competitive sport that it is today. The National Wheelchair Basketball League consists of 65 teams who play across nine divisions, and anyone who can partake is encouraged to do so.