Draw for European Wheelchair Basketball Championships made
3 months ago
The draw for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships 2013 was made on Tuesday 5 February in Frankfurt.
The Championships will see the top 12 men’s and 8 women’s wheelchair basketball teams in Europe compete, between the 28 June to the 7 July, for the title and also qualification to the World Championships next year.
The GB Women have been drawn in an exciting Group B and will face old rivals The Netherlands (London 2012 Bronze medallists), Turkey and Italy, who are welcomed back to the European Championships after missing the competition in 2011. In Pool A, reigning London 2012 Paralympic Champions Germany take on France, Spain and Israel.
GB Women’s player, Laurie Williams, said “I’m quite excited about our group for the Europeans. The Dutch game will be tough as it always is but I think we’ll have a comfortable crossover regardless and stand a good chance of making the final. The work we have been doing at camps since London has been looking really good and I definitely believe we’ll perform the best we ever have.”
Current European Champions, the GB Men’s team have been drawn in Group A and will be up against, current European silver Medallists Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland. Group B in the men’s competition will see Spain, Turkey, Poland, Israel, Sweden and France fight it out.
GB men’s player, Terry Bywater, said “We’ve got a good draw as we know all the teams in the group well including Germany and having them in the group means we can get revenge from the Paralympics.
“The Europeans will give us chance to bounce back from London and show everyone we are a winning team. Being reigning champions means that we are the team everyone wants to beat. If we could win back to back golds that would be something very special.”
British Wheelchair Basketball Chairman, Malcolm Tarkenter, said “We know the European Championships are going to be tough whoever we were drawn against in the pool stages, as the European Zone is the toughest Zone to compete in. It includes six out of the current top 10 countries in the world.
“However, we are confident and optimistic that both the Standard Life GB men and women’s team will go to Frankfurt and do well, enabling them to qualify for the World Championships taking place next year.”
Group A Group B
A1 Germany B1 The Netherlands
A2 France B2 Great Britain
A3 Spain B3 Turkey
A4 Israel B4 Italy
Group A Group B
A1 Great Britain B1 Spain
A2 Germany B2 Turkey
A3 Italy B3 Poland
A4 The Netherlands B4 Israel
A5 Belgium B5 Sweden
A6 Switzerland A6 France