“It will be a brilliant opportunity to see British athletes and their international competition in action ahead of London 2012, and it will be great for the British competitors to experience the support of a home crowd."
Tickets for this year’s BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, Great Britain went on sale Thursday (23 February).
The World Cup, which runs 22-26 May, will be nearly 100 days ahead of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and will include events in Athletics, Wheelchair Basketball, Football 7-a-Side and international matches in Boccia and Sitting Volleyball at the Manchester Regional Arena.
The team concept, introduced in 2010, is returning for a third year, as athletes from Great Britain will take on teams from the Americas, Europe and the Rest of the World. Great Britain enters the competition as the defending event champions.
Channel 4, the London 2012 Paralympic Games host broadcaster, will provide multi-platform coverage of the BT Paralympic World Cup for a second year in a row.
“I would really encourage the public to buy tickets and come along to the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup,” said Tim Hollingsworth, Chief Executive of the British Paralympic Association.
“It will be a brilliant opportunity to see British athletes and their international competition in action ahead of London 2012, and it will be great for the British competitors to experience the support of a home crowd. The BT 2012 Paralympic World Cup is the perfect warm-up event ahead of this year’s Paralympic Games.”
To celebrate the ticket launch, British Wheelchair Basketball player Laurie Williams, Football 7-a-Side player George Fletcher and T44 sprinter Jonnie Peacock took part in an iconic “reaching for new heights” photo shoot in Manchester.
Laurie Williams’ team will be hoping to defend its World Cup title after a career highlight victory over Germany last year.
British Swimming sensation Ellie Simmonds was another highlight for the host nation, as were Great Britain’s Dan Greaves and South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius in the Athletics competition. All three are included on the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) “Ones to Watch” list this year.
At last year’s Cup, Pistorius stole the show, winning gold in both the 100m and 400m T42/44 races, setting a new world record in the latter. Greaves set a new world-best distance with a throw of 59.27m in the Discus F42/22.
With London 2012 quickly approaching and athletes reaching their peak performances, records are bound to be broken once again in Manchester this year.