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TUBE ETIQUETTE
by GEMMA CORRELL

Here's a sport just
about anyone can
play - and disability
is no handicap, writes
Jamie Glassman

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m I the wrong person
to be writing this?'
I asked Ian Laker,
who is head coach of the Titans
(londontitans.org), London and
Southern England's biggest
wheelchair basketball team.
'Shouldn't someone with a
disability be reviewing this?' Apparently
not. 'At the top level it's only for people
with disabilities,' Ian says, 'but the
sport's growing massively across the
country and people with or without
disabilities are taking it up.'
So what is it? It's five-a-side basketball
played on the same court with the
same ball and the same scoring system
as regular basketball, but everyone's
in a wheelchair. Players move the ball
around by passing or dribbling and have
to throw or bounce the ball after every
two pushes of the wheels on their chairs.
Gloves are a good idea to stop your hands
getting worn as you push. I forgot mine.

A GREAT LEVELLER
Everyone plays together - men and
women, young and old, are assigned

a number depending on
their level of mobility.
A team of five is then
put together and no side
is allowed more than a
certain number of points
on court at any one time.
I was lucky enough to get
a 10-minute lesson from GB
Paralympian Manni Filson,
who taught me the basics
(push, turn, dribble,
pass, shoot) before I
was thrown into a game.
It was inspiring to spend time
with Manni, who made the seemingly
impossible look easy, but what struck
me as utterly wonderful was that
everyone was more or less competing in
a tough sport on a level playing field.

ALL TOGETHER NOW
This sport is about excellence and glory
at the top level but about inclusivity
on the levels below that. Everyone's
invited. Including you. The Titans do
get non-disabled people through the
doors on their own wanting to play,
says Ian, but more often it's friends and
siblings, partners, parents and children
(with and without disabilities) who take
up the sport so they can play together.
As for me, I played for 15 minutes and
came away with three layers of skin gone
from my thumb. Just wear your gloves.

HOW TO SIGN UP
The details:
Wheelchair
basketball

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Where:
Find your nearest
team via gbwba.
org.uk

Level
Suitable
for all

Cost
Time
Try free; then Four quarters
£5 a session 10 mins each

BA LA N CE October 2017

life coach corner
THE
KNOWLEDGE
by PADMA CORAM
Ayurveda is more than 6,000 years
old. Its overriding principle is
balance and respecting the fact
that no two individuals are the
same and so no two causes of an
illness are the same. Ayurveda
believes in taking care of the whole
person - MIND, BODY and SOUL.
TIP for a healthy start to your day:
1. On waking, take 3 deep slow
breaths, smile and thank each body
part, while stretching (2 minutes)
2. Visualise a beautiful day (1 minute)
3. Have a glass of warm water with
freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Silently drink this and enjoy the
momentary peace (2 minutes).

PHOTOGRAPHY: IAKOVOS KALAITZAKIS GROOMING: VICTORIA BOND JAMIE WEARS: VEST, FILA; SHORTS, F&F; TRAINERS, NIKE

wheelchair basketball


http://www.londontitans.org

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