UEL students hunt for European glory with the London Wheelchair basketball team as Kieran Baldwin reports…
University of East London students, Jacob Robinson and Harry Blyth have made it into the London Titans team that will travel to Wiesbaden in Germany for the annual International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Euro Cup which starts on Friday 11th March 2016.
The Titans will face stiff competition from Turkey, Germany, Russia and Poland in a round robin format. Their opening game is against the Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden.
London Titans and UEL coach, former Paralympic athlete, Ann Wild OBE hopes to lead the Londoners to victory. Five-time Paralympian, Wild was signaled out by Robinson as the key to the team’s progression.
“She has great experience to take us forward, she works us hard in training and hopefully we can see the results on the court.”
When questioned on how they have prepared for the tournament, Robinson told Rising East; “We’ve been training four times a week and I’ve personally been in the gym a lot. We’ve also looked at our opposition during video analysis. We feel ready.”
London Titans are one of four English sides that are competing in the competition as Oldham Outlaws, Essex Outlaws and Sheffield Steelers all travel across to Europe.
The tournament takes place over Friday and Saturday. The winner of the tournament goes through to the challenge cup next month in what is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Europe.