The start of day six at the Invictus Games saw a busy few hours in the pool for the preliminary round of the swimming competition. UK Team competitors progressed to finals in 42 of the 51 races they started in. There were 41 personal bests and 80 per cent of swimmers improved on their times from the Invictus Games UK Team trials in Bath earlier this year.
Meanwhile at the archery eliminations, the UK Team faced some serious competition with Kieran Wood and Matthew Neve bowing out in the quarter finals. It was tense for the competitors as Ken Hargreaves and Callum Nugent faced each other in the semi-finals, with Ken the victor and through to tomorrow’s final. In the women’s compound eliminations, Kerys Knight displayed impressive skill, staying cool under pressure to also make it through to the finals.
Thursday also meant it was time for the UK Team wheelchair basketball side to shine. Having been waiting patiently for their first competitive match since touching down in Toronto, the extra time to prepare looks like it’s going to pay off.
A strong performance in their opening pool game against New Zealand saw Charlie Walker and Daniel Gill scoring freely in a 24-4 victory. Other members of the team – including Michael Mellon and Paul ‘Bulldog’ Guest – get in on the act during their next match against Australia. The team looked full of confidence and authority, and a fine showing brought another convincing win. It’s on to their final pool game against Denmark on Friday, with the medal matches tantalising close.
An expectant crowd at the sold out Mattamy Athletic Centre saw the UK Team up against Australia in the semi-final. The Aussies were game and gave a spirited performance, but superior tactics and better phases of play saw the side through to the final.
Up against Denmark for the gold medal, the match was an end to end affair. A classic encounter, it was the Danes who pulled ahead as the game reached its conclusion. The UK Team congratulated the victors and captain Stuart Robinson rightly praised his side. “The guys gave it their all, they left it all on the court. The Invictus Games has meant so much to all of us. It’s allowed us to push ourselves and move forward as a team and in life.”
Thursday 15 March 2018Athletes on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme have continued their education in PyeongChang on what it take to be a successful elite athlete.
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