Sitting Volleyball to Make Debut Appearance During BT Paralympic World Cup

27 Apr 2011 By IPC

The Great Britain men’s Sitting Volleyball team will be making their debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester next month, ahead of the European Championships in Rotterdam in October.

The team will be taking on The Netherlands in an International Match staged during the annual elite disability sporting event.

The team, who have not competed at a Paralympic Games before, will be looking to make an impression in front of a home crowd as they look upon the event as vital preparation to qualify for their first Games next year in London, as well as in establishing themselves on the international scene. As the squad await endorsement for London 2012, every tournament and match is crucial to their progress.

Richard Callicott, President of the British Volleyball Federation and Volleyball England, said, “We are delighted that Sitting Volleyball is to be included in the 2011 BT Paralympic World Cup; our sport has grown significantly in the past couple of years and we look forward to showcasing our exciting sport to a much wider audience.”

Team captain Robert Richardson, said, “Sitting Volleyball is an action-packed game full of skill, strength and agility. It is a fantastic game to watch and it's a great opportunity for us to show what the team do ahead of London 2012. We have a young squad who are all relatively new to the game but have made huge strides over the last 18 months; we hope to show this to everyone in Manchester attending the Paralympic World Cup.”

Charlie Walker, a double amputee on the team who contracted Meningitis whilst training with the bomb disposal unit in the British Army, first tried Sitting Volleyball in 2009 and has since become an integral part of the team.

Walker said, “I went to the BT Paralympic World Cup as a spectator a few years ago and it was a great experience. The crowds were fantastic and the exposure will be great for Sitting Volleyball. Our games against The Netherlands are always close so it should be a really exciting match for the spectators too.”

The GB Team will be selected from the following players and their teams:

Netra Rana

Justin Phillips

Sam Scott

John Worrall

Ivan Cosic

Asghar Nasimi

Robert Richardson

Anton Raimondo

Richard Dobell

Charlie Walker

James Roberts

Ben Hall

John Munro

Muzaffar Jabber

The BT Paralympic World Cup is the largest annual international multi-sport competition in elite disability sport. BT is entering its third year as title sponsor, in a sponsorship which runs up to and includes the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup.

Manchester has committed for the seventh consecutive year to hosting elite international athletes competing across Wheelchair Basketball, Athletics and Swimming. In addition, Boccia and Sitting Volleyball will be represented for the first time, with international matches staged during the competition.