Swindon Shock Wheelchair u19’s played their final 4 games in the GBWBA Jnr League in Nottingham today. An early start and a long journey did not put off the lads who put in 4 strong performances against some of the best young athletes in the country.
The team was made up of 6 Swindon Shock and 3 Cardiff Celts players, together they form Celtic Shock. The fact the team can not train or play regularly did not dampen their effort or spirit, the coaching team; Lewis Bird and Brandon Jones, got the team pumped for the games against the Wolves Rhinos, Leicester Cobras, Manchester Mavericks and Norwich Lowriders.
Celtic Shock made a lot of friends this weekend, as the team suprised many by being highly competitive in all their games. Indeed, the difference in performance and points scored from the first round of fixtures in November 2013, shows how far the team has come in a short period of time. Despite losing 4 out of 4 today, Shock pushed each team right to the end of the game and stayed in contention for each game. The highlight of the day was putting 17 past a very strong Cobras team that included 3 GB Jnr players . The final score being a very respectable 17 -24.
Shock Wheelchair players and coaches also delivered sessions at the Access Activity Day at the Link Centre on Friday 28th Feb – over 150 children with disabilities converge to have a taster of many sports including Trampolining, Swimming, Climbing, Ice Skating and of course Wheelchair Basketball. The idea is to inspire the next generation of athletes.