In just under two weeks the GB wheelchair basketball athletes will be hitting the courts in Tokyo for the 2020 Paralympic Games.
In what will undoubtedly be an emotional moment for athletes and fans alike – this will mark a welcomed return to international competition for both GB teams and the first time they will have competed since the 2019 European Championships.
As a sport, we are now simply counting the hours, days and minutes till the first tip for both squads that will signal the start of their respective major competition campaigns.
The online GB Fanzone (https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/major-competition-hub/) will provide a platform for everything GB wheelchair basketball during the competition, and will include schedules, game announcements, latest results, match reports, national & local media coverage, social media, etc.
Teams in the UK and Tokyo will work around the clock to ensure that the site is kept up-to-date so that wheelchair basketball fans can keep in touch with the action, whenever and wherever they might be.
Those inspired by watching the sport in Tokyo can head along to an Inspire a Generation Club open event held over three weekends in August/September to find out more about the sport (and have a go) or sign up to an Inspire a Generation six-week wheelchair basketball course. Information about both available via www.inspireageneration.com
British Wheelchair Basketball Performance Director, Jayne Ellis took time out of the GB Team’s intensive pre-competition preparation camp to add:
“As a team we just want to thank all of our GB fans for their unwavering support, cheering and commitment over the last 18 months. We feel the strength of your support and it will drive us forward as we prepare to fly out and compete.
“Our fan base is like no other, we really are a wheelchair basketball family, and we share the highs and lows of major tournament preparation and competition together. Please keep sending your messages of support, please share with our media team photos (@britwheelbball) of your viewing parties – we know that you are there with us in spirit cheering us on and it means the world to each of our GB athletes.
“We are delighted to have developed the GB Fanzone – we really want our fans to be a part of our journey over the coming week as we head to Tokyo.”