The London 2012 Games and a sensational summer of sport may have now drawn to a close, but the 19th-21st October will see the legacy of the Paralympics live on as the United Kingdom’s top junior wheelchair basketballers battle it out in The Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships.
A fundamental part of The Lord’s Taverners Junior Programme, where many of the 2012 Paralympics GB Wheelchair Basketball Teams honed their talent and skills, this prestigious tournament sees the best players from all across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, descend upon Stoke Mandeville Stadium in the quest to bring home the highly coveted Under 15 and Under 19 Regional trophies.
Included in the line-ups are players from the Great Britain U22 Team which, earlier this year, successfully qualified for the 2013 U23 World Championships by reaching the Bronze Medal Game at the 2012 U22 European Championships.
BWB Junior Development Officer Tina Gordon said: “The Lord's Taverners National Junior Championships is our showcase event for junior wheelchair basketball. Although fiercely competitive the Championships also fosters great friendships between rival teams, and provides the inspiration for many of our young players to go further to gain international honours.”
Tim Berg, Acting Chief Executive of The Lord’s Taverners, said: “The Lord’s Taverners believes that sport and recreation is essential for all young people, regardless of ability. We are delighted to be able to support the development of grassroots wheelchair basketball and helping to get even more young people playing this great game and enjoying the benefits of competitive sport.”