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  • 12 August 2014 00:00
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GB wheelchair basketball team to face London 2012 medallists on National Paralympic Day

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The GB women’s wheelchair basketball team are set to take on the reigning Paralympic and World Championship bronze medallists the Netherlands on National Paralympic Day, which takes place on Saturday, August 30th. 

The clash will take place in the iconic Copper Box Arena exactly two years to the day since the GB women’s side lost to the Netherlands in their opening match at the London 2012 Paralympics and they will be looking for revenge.

Clare Griffiths, the co-captain of the London 2012 team and the most experienced athlete on the team with experience of four Paralympic Games under her belt, is looking forward to their battle with the Netherlands.

"It is a great venue, we competed there last year and, as in London 2012, the atmosphere was fantastic,” she said.

"Paralympic sport got a new following in London and events like this continue to promote it and give the fans new and old the chance to see and support us.”

British Wheelchair Basketball CEO Charlie Bethel is equally excited about the match. 

"Two years on from London 2012, it is incredibly exciting for our sport to be showcased as part of National Paralympic Day and I can’t wait to see the GB women go out there and compete in front of a home crowd again,” he said. 

"It is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the continuing development of the women’s team who have recently secured their highest ever ranking at the 2014 World Championships, beating London’s silver medallists Australia.”

The match promises to be a spectacular finale to the festival of disability sport, where fans can buy tickets to enjoy elite wheelchair basketball as well as boccia, goalball and swimming at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

In addition to the elite sport on offer, National Paralympic Day will once again join up with the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival to showcase the finest talent in disability sport and arts meaning that a whole a range of free activities are on offer for families to enjoy on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Elsewhere Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow are also gearing up to host their own celebrations for National Paralympic Day.

For more information about how to buy tickets and for details about regional events, Click Here 

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