Chief Exec’s World Championship Diary: Edging Closer to the Semi-Finals

The mental resilience I wrote about yesterday was everywhere today as the team faced Canada, ranked 3 in the world, in the first of two GB matches scheduled for today. GB came out of the blocks with a clear determination to get the job done and by the end of Q1 were 5 points ahead at 15-10. Canada bravely fought back in Q2 and not only absorbed the GB pressure but also forced some errors to win the quarter, though GB did sufficient to remain ahead by 26-23. Head Coach returned his strongest line...
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Chief Exec’s World Championship Diary: Mental Resilience

GB warm up ahead of game v USA Greg Popovich, coach of the USA basketball team, the San Antonio Spurs was quoted on social media today as saying, ‘The measure of who we are is how we react to something that doesn’t go our way’. I read this as I was considering our performance against the USA. If you have not picked that up yet then I must record that we lost 47-41. The score in no way reflects the closeness of the game. Having lost the tip off we...
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Chief Exec’s World Championship Diary: Out of the Blocks

It was a great opening ceremony to the tournament but what struck me most was the commitment shown by some prominent Australian leaders. Present and speaking were the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d) and the Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd), and Senator Bridget McKenzie the Minister of Sport. All spoke about the power of sport and their commitment to wheelchair rugby. It was diff...
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Chief Exec’s World Championship Diary: Raring to Go

Good morning from the spring sunshine of Sydney! My plan is to try and keep you up to date with things down under by way of a daily blog starting today. I arrived on Thursday evening by which time the squad had been here for over a week. I was keen to get them out here early to give them time to get over the journey and to settle into camp. I’m pleased we achieved this as having met up with everyone yesterday it was great to see how relaxed they all are and how they are enjoying each other’s...
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Memorable Summer

Molly Smith finishing her 365th day of running for GBWR Welcome to the new look website. We’ve refreshed the site to make it cleaner, clearer and easier to find and access information. As you use it please email Daniel any suggestions you have for further improvements as the refresh is incremental and we are still in the process of working with the design team to update information and confirm the sections. The homepage look is pretty much complete a...
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The Japanese Experience

Photo credit: Megumi Masuda In my first career (wheelchair rugby has unwittingly become my second!), I was privileged to travel the world and experience the wonders of other countries and their peoples. Despite having visited many places around the globe I never visited Japan and my only experience of its people was working alongside the Japanese Defence Force during a maritime exercise in the Pacific, so it was a real joy to be in Japan last week for...
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