THE MAYOR of Worcester has spoken of her pride at the city’s efforts to establish itself as the home of wheelchair basketball in Great Britain.
Coun Pat Agar’s comments come after she met the University of Worcester’s wheelchair basketball team which won the sport’s inaugural University Championships last month, at the Guildhall.
The event was also held at the University of Worcester Arena which has become of the UK’s premier wheelchair basketball venues and it has been chosen to stage the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships next year.
Coun Agar said: “It’s tremendous that Worcester has become such a prominent centre for wheelchair basketball and I’m delighted to see it happen.
“It’s taken a little while, but there was always such a determination to make it happen, so it’s now rather wonderful to be able to meet this team of champions.
“They’re going to spread the word of wheelchair basketball throughout the country as they’ll be going into coaching and teaching, so I’m deeply impressed. They’re going to be pioneers.”
Glyn Harding, principal lecturer in Sports Coaching Science at the university, added: “It was wonderful that the Mayor was able to welcome the squad to the Guildhall for what was a truly memorable, informative and fun visit to mark their landmark performance.”