Time Flies When Youre Having Fun
5 years ago today saw the first GB Women’s Sitting Volleyball training session in Loughborough. In the years that have passed since 21st November 2009 there has been huge progress within the squad.
In 2010 the women recorded their first home-soil win, in Canterbury, with a victory over a Hungary before they headed to the World Championships in Oklahoma, USA. With a win over Canada the team finished in 11th place.
The squad continued their progress and in March 2012 the British Paralympic Association announced that the team had been awarded a host nation place at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
The Games themselves were an incredible experience and a chance for the Women to test themselves against the very best teams in the World. The 8th place finish reflected the tough competition but a couple of strong performances gave the women hope moving forward.
Since the Games there has been some difficult times as UK Sport removed the necessary funding for volleyball and other team sports. Despite these challenges the squad has continued to develop and in 2014 attended the World Championship under the guidance of former Men’s Head Coach, Ian Legrand. Some positive performances and close matches saw the squad finish in 11th place, recording 2 victories, both against host nation, Poland.
The women are now looking to the future with sights set on improving their European and World ranking and qualification for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
The squad are currently supported by Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It, a charity specialising in helping Paralympic athletes to reach their potential.
Time Flies When You’re Having Fun!