The money raised would go towards buying sports wheelchairs and for coaching, reports Asian Lite news
Corporate companies enjoyed a visit from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at a charity Wheelchair Basketball tournament in the iconic Olympic Park Copper Box Arena.
The event, organized by charity Path to Success, was designed to expose more people to the game of wheelchair basketball and to raise money for the London Titans wheelchair basketball team.
The day began with current Titans players, including ex-Team GB Paralympian Tyler Saunders and Junior Team GB European champion Christy Gregan running a training session for the five participating teams. The day then moved into a tournament phase with PHA Media, Deloitte, C&C Alpha Group, Shanti Hospitality and the University of East London (sponsored by The May Fair Hotel) competing against each other in a knockout format, with Deloitte running out as eventual corporate champions.
Baroness Grey-Thompson arrived in the afternoon to speak with the participants and to present an achievement award to Titans head coach, Ian Laker, for his contributions to wheelchair basketball in UK.
“Today has been brilliant because it’s so important to get people playing wheelchair sport whether disabled or able-bodied. When I was growing up it was so hard to find a team and to play but now you can see the strength of wheelchair basketball and that is a testament to the legacy of 2012 and to people like Ian Laker,” said Baroness Grey-Thompson.
The London Titans have 66 members aged 10 to 50 and have produced more than 50 team GB players, but they receive no central sports funding. The money raised by the event will go towards buying sports wheelchairs, court hire, match fees, transport and coaching for the team.
Current Titans player Christy Gregan said, “Wheelchair basketball has enabled me to travel the world, meet some of my best friends and do things I never thought I could do. Getting your first chair makes you feel like have a new set of legs, as a youngster you feel like you can do things you’ve never done before. Days like these that fund those feelings are vital.”
Path to Success is a London-based registered charity founded in 2005 by philanthropist Mrs Anita Choudhrie. This year they have chosen to support London Titans Wheelchair Basketball club and Mrs Anita Choudhrie said, “Today has gone off really well and we are so happy and proud to see the culmination of 6-8 months of very hard work. We have had really good fundraising support from companies and I hope they will respond to us again in the future.”