ISPS Handa announces partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby as part of its continuing global support of disability sport
GB team aim for success at the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge during the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan this autumn
ISPS Handa is further demonstrating its commitment to disability sport with the announcement of a two-year partnership with GB Wheelchair Rugby (GBWR). As the Official Principal Partner of GBWR, ISPS Handa will support the British Team’s performance programme as it prepares for the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020 and beyond. ISPS Handa is recognised for its support of various sports, especially golf, and for its active promotion of blind and disabled golf, all of which stems from its belief in the ‘power of sport’ to change lives.
Commenting on today’s announcement, David Pond, CEO of GB Wheelchair Rugby, said: “ISPS Handa has built an international reputation for supporting numerous not-for-profit groups and GBWR is excited to be partnering with such a prestigious organization. The support ISPS Handa provides will help fund our performance programme as we prepare for the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020”.
Speaking about the announcement, Founder of ISPS, Dr. Haruhisa Handa said, “The next two years are huge in the world of wheelchair rugby with both the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge, held alongside the Rugby World Cup, and the Paralympics, being hosted in Japan. We’re thrilled to support the GB team and continue to advocate our belief in the power of sport and its ability to change the lives of many for a better world”.
This weekend, the GB Wheelchair Rugby Team will compete against current world champions Japan, and France and Canada in the King Power Quad Nations tournament in Leicester. The 3-day tournament between 1-3 March marks an important performance opportunity for GB ahead of the 2019 European Championships in Denmark where GB will defend their title, and ahead of the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge which will be played alongside the Rugby World Cup in Tokyo in October and involve the top eight teams in the world.