Last Sunday (11.08.13) we were thrilled to take part in a special exhibition at the GLL operated Copper Box at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The match featured a Help for Heroes team of wounded Servicemen, women and veterans along with a selection of players from the Standard Life GB Men’s and Women’s Wheelchair Basketball teams who have just returned from successful European Championship campaigns, claiming gold and bronze medals respectively.
The atmosphere in the stadium was electric during the fast-paced match and the support for the Help for Heroes team was unquestionable. Having only practiced once as a team prior to the match, the Help for Heroes team put up an incredible fight, but the skill of the national players proved too much with a final score of 32-14 to the GB Team.
Our heroes did not go away uncelebrated though as the whole crowd rose to their feet in a standing ovation to thank the team for the sacrifices made due to their service of our country.
Standard Life GB Women’s player Kirsty Wallace, who has been supported through Help for Heroes and their funded Battle Back programme, said, “I was invited onto my first GB training camp six weeks after I started the game knowing absolutely nothing but bringing the Military enthusiasm and energy and loving the sport.”
Sapper Clive Smith said after the game, ‘It's just about trying to keep as active as possible and Wheelchair Basketball is something I am looking into as a sport fulltime now, so events like this are fantastic, you get to play against one of the best teams in the world and I don’t think we did too badly.”