The atmosphere at University of Ulster, Magee was alive and vibrant this week as the Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (ASBAH) and the North West Eagles Wheelchair Basketball Team hosted a wheelchair basketball blitz with the Northern Ireland Knights and Fermanagh Lakers.
The day was full of fun and games with more than 35 participants divided into three adult teams and three junior teams to play a number of exciting and competitive games of basketball.
Teams were evenly balanced, Knights, Lakers and Eagles players were divided into three mixed teams ensuring that the games were competitive and fun and providing an opportunity for the Eagles players to compete with other wheelchair basketball players from throughout the North of Ireland. Three games were played in the morning and then at mid day, break was necessary to refuel, followed by a further three games and prize giving ceremony for the juniors which was presented by Maurice Devenney, Mayor of Derry.
Ranking at the end of the held Mavs (Yellows) as the top team winning both of their games, Lakers (Green) in second place and the Heat (White) placing third with medals of Gold, Silver and Bronze awarded respectively.
Cathy McKillop, ASBAH Northern Ireland Director was very impressed of the days performance and proud of ASBAH’s achievements:
“We are delighted to host the first wheelchair basketball blitz in the Northwest. The talent among the young people attending is amazing - Paralympics here we come.”
North West Eagles are now planning to meet to discuss plans to develop the team further and possibly establish a committee and run further wheelchair basketball events.
The North West Eagles would like to thank a number of funders and supporters that made the day possible; ASBAH, Big Lottery, Disability Sport Northern Ireland, Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball Association, Northern Ireland Knights, Fermanagh Lakers, the University of Ulster, Magee, referees and table officials.
ASBAH are keen to develop participation in wheelchair basketball in the North West. Sessions are free for ASBAH members and a low cost of £5 per session for non ASBAH members. If you are interested in playing or want to come along and watch, please contact Steve McCrudden on 07789616451.