Big Paralympics draw adds to 2012 excitement

Wheelchair basketball draw for 2012 Paralympics at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre
Wheelchair basketball draw for 2012 Paralympics at Aylesbury's Waterside Theatre

THE draw for the wheelchair basketball at this summer’s 2012 Paralympic Games was held in Aylesbury on Saturday.

The IWBF Paralympic draw took place at the Waterside Theatre, with GB men’s captain Simon Munn and GB women’s player Amy Conroy on hand to help pull out those all-important balls.

In the women’s draw, GB will face old rivals the Netherlands but managed to avoid gold and silver Paralympic medallists, USA and Germany, who were drawn together.

In the men’s side of the draw, GB will come up against Paralympic newcomers Colombia and Paralympic silver medalists Canada.

With 220 days to go until the start of the Paralympic Games this was the latest step in the process which will see many athletes from across the world converging on London at the end of the summer.

GB men’s head coach Murray Treseder said: “There is no easy side to the pools, it’s very tough, and there are 11 very good teams who have qualified for the Paralympics.

“We have five opponents who are very good teams and we would never underestimate our opposition.

“For instance Turkey who have been a sticking point for us in recent years, we would never underestimate them.

“We will take each game as it comes and just concentrate on the first game.”

Meanwhile, GB women’s head coach Garry Peel said: “There’s never an easy game in the Paralympics and whichever pool we went into was never going to be easy. I’m confident we have chose the right pool and I’m confident about playing the likes of Australia and Canada the main two teams in the pool. We were trying to avoid USA as we seem to not be able to be beat them at the moment.

“But you never know in the Paralympics anything could happen.”