Chief Exec’s World Championship Diary: What a Day!

Indeed what a day! I slept badly last night... actually I have not slept that well since arrival… but on my mind was today’s game knowing that if we could win we would equal the best result that any GB team has ever achieved in a major international tournament. Going through my mind was that we had not achieved better than a 5th position since 2006, and how many times had I watched us come so close? In 2014 we lost out to Canada by 1 point after two periods of extra time; the same happened in Rio – again it was Canada knocking us out by 1 point in extra time. Yet some...
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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 up at the start of Q3 which brought immediate dividends and a number of turnove...
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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 fought a brilliant first quarter which ended 11-11 and arguably an even better ...
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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 difficult not to draw a comparison between the legacy of Australia’s 2000 Paralymp...
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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 company. There is a good team ‘feel’ in the camp and that will be importan...
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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 and we hope that you like it. Each of the boxes you see will be updated with the ...
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