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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Sittingbourne’s Steve Brown will lead Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at this summer’s Paralympic Games.
Sittingbourne’s Steve Brown has said he is delighted with the ‘fantastic honour’ of being named as captain in team GB’s Paraylmpic wheelchair rugby squad.
Brown was named in the 11-man squad this morning to compete at the games where they will be looking to better their two successive fourth-place finishes at the previous two games in Beijing and Athens.
Brown said: “Being selected as captain to the Wheelchair Rugby team is a fantastic honour. To compete alongside such a close-knit group of individuals who trust each other completely is humbling.
“But now the real work starts. With 105 days to go, they have to be 105 days of commitment to the sport to make sure that we not only deliver individually, but that we also fulfil our potential as a team.”
“We are definitely looking for a medal out of this Paralympic Games”, said GBWR Chief Executive David Pond. “The team has finished agonisingly close at the last two Games, despite securing strong results including three successive European golds in 2003, 2005 and 2007.
“So after Beijing we took some of our best young and promising talent out to the 2009 European Championships where we finished fourth and the 2010 World Championships where we finished fifth.
“We also put five of the most promising athletes through an intensive training camp where they competed against some of the best American players, which we knew would make our players tougher, faster and fitter.
“These players prove more exciting each day and they now have the experience they need to compete at the highest level at the Paralympic Games. We demonstrated this at the 2011 European Championships where we won silver. We are now in a position where we are confident that the team we have nominated to the BPA is one that can win a medal this time around.”