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Wheelchair basketball team wins inclusive title
11:00am Thursday 26th September 2013 in News
A COMMUNITY wheelchair basketball team has been crowned the most inclusive club of the year at the fourth Swindon and Wiltshire sports awards night.
Swindon Shock Basketball Wheelchair Club opened its doors in 2011 and since then has been working with dozens of disabled people across the borough.
During a glittery awards night on Tuesday at the County Hall, in Trowbridge, the club beat-off stiff competition to win the sought-after title.
“We are very, very proud to have won this award,” said the chairman of Shock, Ben Humphrey. “We are a reasonably new club and we pride ourselves on being inclusive. We have lots of people with different health conditions and disabilities coming to us, and we open our doors to non-disabled people too.”
This year Swindon Shock won the development division in only their second league season, with the team remaining unbeaten and now nicknamed “The Invincibles”. The club includes disabled and non-disabled players, catering for anyone who feels unable to play the traditional game. Five players were selected to represent the south-west at the 2013 National Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Stoke Mandeville. This season the club will enter two teams in a national league, including one for division three and another for the under-19s.
Mr Humphrey said too the community group was looking to expand in the new year and was applying for funding.
Former England rugby captain Phil de Glanville hosted the awards night, which included two performances from Laura Halford, rhythmic gymnast and current national champion.
The guest speaker was cyclist Mark Colbourne MBE, gold medallist and twice silver medallist in the Paralympic Games in London last year.
The awards night was jointly hosted by Wiltshire Council, Wiltshire Health Improvement Partnership, NHS Wiltshire, Swindon Council and Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Partnership.
Brian Mattock, deputy leader of Swindon Council, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to all the winners from the ceremony and to all those who were shortlisted.
“Sport is a great way to bring communities and individuals together and events such as the sports awards are a perfect way to highlight and celebrate our amazing athletes.
Some of this year’s winners will go forward to the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero and the Sports Coach UK awards later in the year.
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