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Boccia and Goalball set to shine at the Copper Box Arena on National Paralympic Day

on 13-08-2014 09:54

GB’s Boccia and Goalball teams are set to shine under the spotlight on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the celebrations for National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival on Saturday August 30. Tickets are just £5 to watch some of the stars of London 2012 in action.

In the Boccia competition, a fierce competitive rivalry will come to the fore as GB take on Greece. GB will be represented in the BC3 Pairs by current European bronze medallists Jacob Thomas, Scott McCowan and Patrick Wilson. London 2012 gold medallists Greece, who currently sit at the top of the world rankings in the event, have named star player and European silver medallist Grigorios Polychronidis among their athletes, hoping to avenge their narrow defeat to GB at last year’s event. 

Boccia makes its second consecutive appearance on the competition programme after opening the inaugural National Paralympic Day celebrations in 2013. In that tense encounter, GB and Greece were evenly matched throughout the game with the final result decided by the very last ball, edging GB to victory with a score of 4-2. 

With September’s Boccia World Championships on the horizon, both sides will be looking to be in top form while the GB players are keen to maintain their unbeaten record in the Copper Box Arena.

 "Hopefully the home crowd will get behind us and we’ll get the result we’ve been training for.” Jacob Thomas

Thomas said: “It’s really exciting to showcase Boccia at National Paralympic Day and I’m really looking forward to the event. It should be a tough match, but hopefully the home crowd will get behind us and we’ll get the result we’ve been training for.”

McCowan added: “Competing at National Paralympic Day last year was such a great experience and I can’t wait to go out and play Greece once again. 

"This is ideal preparation for the World Championships for us and I think the crowd are in for a fantastic game of Boccia.” Scott McCowan

“They’re a strong team and last year’s close game showed how competitive we are when we play together. This is ideal preparation for the World Championships for us and I think the crowd are in for a fantastic game of Boccia.”

Wilson added: “Boccia is a really popular sport and more and more people have been getting involved since London 2012. This is a great opportunity for people to come and watch our sport and it’s set to be a quality match, so I’m really looking forward to being part of National Paralympic Day this year”

Following the conclusion of the Boccia, Goalball will take centre stage as the GB women’s team take on Belgium. Anna Tipton and Georgie Bullen will return to the scene of their success at the home Games, when they took the first win for Britain in any team sport at London 2012 in front of a home crowd at the Copper Box Arena, while newcomers Laura Perry, Shamaila Kauser, Sarah Leiter and Andrea Logan are also named on the team sheet. 

"We really want a win for the home crowd so I’d encourage people to get their tickets so they make plenty of noise when we score.” Anna Tipton

Tipton said: “I have fantastic memories of competing in the Copper Box Arena at London 2012 with the GB women and two years on I can’t wait to go back and compete there as part of the celebrations for National Paralympic Day. We really want a win for the home crowd so I’d encourage people to get their tickets so they make plenty of noise when we score.”

On National Paralympic Day, fans of Paralympic sport can buy tickets to enjoy elite Paralympic sport at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, with Boccia and Goalball featuring alongside Wheelchair Basketball and Swimming. 

In addition to the elite sport on offer, National Paralympic Day will once again join up with the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival to showcase the finest talent in disability sport and arts. A whole a range of free activities are on offer for the whole family to enjoy on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

National Paralympic Day is celebrated through the generous support of the charity, Spirit of 2012 (Spirit).

Spirit was established by the Big Lottery Fund last year, with an endowment of £46m from the sale of the Olympic and Paralympic village. It is working to ensure the spirit that radiated from the London 2012 Games can be felt by everyone, everywhere. It is investing in happiness; supporting those providing opportunities in sports, the arts and volunteering.

Birmingham, Liverpool and Glasgow are also gearing up to host their own celebrations for National Paralympic Day.

For more information about how to buy tickets and for details about regional events, people are encouraged to log on to paralympics.org.uk/npd2014

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