Junior World Para Athletics Championship gets Started

Two World Championship medalists, Damian Carcelen and Ntando Mahlangu backed up from the World Championships to win gold at the 2017 World Para Athletics Junior Championships, which got under way in Nottwil on Thursday.

Mahlangu, who won silver at the World Championships in London last month at just 15, won an impressive race. The South African managed 23.73 to win the 200m T42-47 under 18 title amongst a strong field.

Ecuadorian Carcelen also backed up from the senior worlds to claim gold in the long jump T20 under 20 event. Carcelen managed to jump 6.33m to finish in front of Hong Kong’s Nikki Tang at 6.19, who just stopped an Ecuadorian 1-2 as Colorado Mina jumped 6.17m.

Two more South Americans claimed cold in their events as Colombian Luis Lucumi and Chilean Amanda Cerna both won gold, completing a successful day for South Americans.

Lucumi claimed a big win in the shot put F35-38 under 20 event, throwing 11.59m well in front of Mexican Rodrigo de la Torre Huerta (9.68m) and Iranian Ashkan Cheraghi (8.65m). Cerna won the women’s 200m T42-37 with a rapid time of 27.72, beating out Indian Jayanti Behera in 28.04, and American Jessica Heims almost two seconds further back.

The United States did manage one gold on the day though as Hannah Dederick won the women’s 400m T51-54 race. She won easily with a time of 1:00.67, almost two seconds ahead of Argentinian Lucia Montenegro with 1:02.37 and in third was another American, Elizabeth Floch in 1:04.63.


British Open Tennis gets Underway

The latest Wheelchair Tennis Tour event got underway in Nottingham on Tuesday as players begun play at the British Open.
In the biggest match of the day, the world number 10 Bryan Barten finally got the better of world number eight Sam Schroder for the first time in his career. Barten had been threatening, and in a thrilling match claimed a 7-6, 6-3 win over the Dutchman, revenge for the straight sets loss in Paris earlier this year and sends him through to the quarter-finals.
That quarter-final will see Australian Heath Davidson as the opponent as he destroyed Mitch McIntyre in a big victory. It was the heaviest win of the day as Davidson only dropped two games in the 6-2, 6-0 victory.
There were three other matches in the day and all of them went to three sets, by far the most thrilling was James Shaw, from Nottingham, winning an all British match against Richard Green. One set and 5-3 down,seemingly eliminated he surged back and claimed a 6-7, 7-5, 6-1 win over Green to advance.
Britain had another player in the quarters as world number nine Antony Cotterill managed a big come back to defeat American Greg Hasterok. Cotterill lost the first 1-6 before winning the next two 6-3, 6-3 to advance.
Brazilian Ymanitu Silva also had to fight back from a set down as he defeated Japan’s Shota Kawano 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
On the women’s side there was also a thrilling top ten matchup as number six Marjolein Buis of the Netherlands defeated number eight Kgothatso Montjane. After losing the opener 1-6, Buis recovered, winning the second in a tiebreak and forcing a third, which saw several rain delays,she eventually managed the win 6-3 in the third to advance.
Lucy Shuker was nearly stunned by Brazilian Natalia Mayara as she was surprisingly forced to a third set. After being 6-0, 5-0 up, and all but through, but Mayara came back and won seven straight games to force a third set. But eventually the British player managed the win, after a rain delay, winning 6-3.
An All-South American match up saw Colombian Angelica Bernal manage a straight sets victory over Chilean Macarena Cabrillana. That flatters Bernal a little, as she needed a second set tiebreak to win 6-1, 7-6.
The home crowd was left disappointed with the last match of the day as Japanese player Saki Takamuro made light work of British player Lauren Jones. She claimed a 6-4, 6-1 win, improving as the match went on to take the win.
On the men’s singles Shingo Kunieda started his quest for a sixth title in Nottingham as he made light work of Indian Manojkanth. Kunieda got a flawless start as he beat the unseeded player 6-0, 6-0 to show why he's the favourite.
The men’s singles was the most one sided of the group as four men’s players advanced with 6-0, 6-0 victories, with just two matches seeing both players win a game. Those matches were both lost by Spaniards as Maikel Scheffes and Takuya Miki won the matches 6-3, 6-2.

ITU Opens Bidding for Paratriathlon Events

Preparations have already begun for the 2018 Paratriathlon World Series and World Cup as the International Triathlon Union (ITU) has announced, on Tuesday the opening of the bidding process for the event.

2017 was the first year of the world Paratriathlon Series,the new premier event in the sport run by the ITU. In 2017 three cities hosted phenomenal races that showcased the best of the sport and brought big crowds to the sport, exposing new fans to the sport.
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2017 European Blind Football Championship Announces Ambitious Broadcast Plans

The Blind Football European Championships will have the biggest broadcast in tournament history as announcers revealed their broadcastplans on Tuesday.

Getting under way on Friday August 18th the tournament will have the biggest broadcast in Blind Football history. This follows on from the live streaming of featured matches from the mostrecent European Championships, and takes it one step further.
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Belgium Wins European Wheelchair Basketball Division C

Belgium has claimed gold at the European wheelchair basketball Division C Championships as they defeated the Czech Republic in the final.

Both teams were coming in to the final undefeated and Belgium continued their form and came out strongly quickly getting out to a 17-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. That margin continued in tohalf-time after the Czech Republic responded and both teams managed 17 pointsin the second quarter. The Czech Republic came out well in the third cutting itto a 10-point gap as they gained a point with a 14-13 quarter. The Czech Republic fought hard, but Belgium’s 10 point lead was too much with the Czech Republic only able to close the gap to five points, making it 65-50. Czech Republic will be comforted though as the two teams both earn promotion to division B.
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European Wheelchair Basketball Championships Division C Group Winners Set

Teams compete at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship Division C (Photo: IWBF)

The second day of the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships Division C took place on Wednesday with Belgium and Czech Republic topping their groups and looking strong for promotion.

Belgium opened the day in Group A and dominated their game against Portugal, claiming a 72-28 win over the Iberians. Bart Nunlens managed 20 points but perhaps even more impressive was Bart Nulens who managed a double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. That form continued in totheir second match as Belgium managed an even more impressive 78-27 win over Greece. Yono van Rompaey managed 19 points in that game as the two wins sealed Belgium the top spot in the group, making them a favorite for the title.
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Australia Announce Wheelchair Rugby Squad

There is no danger of Australia taking their zonal championship for granted as the Steelers named their team for the Asia-Oceania Wheelchair Rugby Championships with the bulk of their world championships.

With no fear of not qualifying for the World Championships, which they are already qualified for as Paralympic Champions and hosts. Despite that Australia are determined to use the tournament, which starts in August, to prepare his squad for a big push for the World Championships.

Australian head coach Brad Dubberly has named a 12 man squad, with nine of them coming from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games squad. Just one member of the squad is in his first international squad, as Australia seek to continuetheir domination of the sport.

“With our world number one ranking on the line, we are not wanting to lose this, particularly leading into a home World Championships in 2018,”said Dubberly. “We won’t be too focused on the results, it will be all aboutthe process and making sure everything we do is at the level we expect. Results will take care of themselves if we play our game.”

The debutant is 32 year old Anthony Gray who will be joining thesquad as a 0.5 player as Australia looks to life after two of the strongest 0.5players in the world. Gray comes in after Ryan Scott and Naz Erdem are no longer in the squad.

As has been usual for over a decade, Australia will be lead by 3.5Ryley Batt, one of the strongest players of the sport of all time. Jason Lees,Andrew Harrison, and Cameron Carr also make up an experienced core of the side.Others appearing from the Rio squad are Chris Bond, Matt Lewis, Jayden Warn,Ben Fawcett, and Andrew Edmondson.

Australian wheelchair Rugby Squad:


Ryley Batt, Chris Bond, Matt Lewis


Jayden Warn


Cameron Carr, Andrew Edmondson, Andrew Harrison


Jake Howe, Jason Lees


Ben Fawcett, Anthony Gray, Michael Ozanne