Gulu - Northern Uganda
MADIBIRA PRIMARY SCHOOL BUSIA 2016
The 3rd Annual National Disability Sports Gala was hosted at Madibira Primary school in Busia district September 25-29, 2016.
With no Basketball court in the school, a make-shift provision of a ‘dirt court‘ was designed in a dry spot section of the football field.
Basketball hoops were hoisted and nailed to a pair of poles with a plywood as back board. Wheelchair Basketball had two matches played on the first day of the fixture and one more league match played on the second day in a roundrobin format where the team with maximum takes it all. Gulu wheelchair basketball Club won two matches and earned 4 points to win getting vengeance for their painful 2014 reverse fixture against Kampala Wheelchair Basketball Club in this event.
Gratitude to World Vision, Gulu Athletic Sport, Girls Kick It, Gulu Disabled Persons Union and Centenary Bank Gulu Branch for their immeasurable support towards the success of the Fare Activity event.
Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club participated in the 5th Annual National Disability Sports Gala where challenged athletes enjoyed a recreational and competitive opportunities September 25-30 at Kakyeka Stadium, Mbarara District. Athletes from Isingiro, Koboko, Mubende, Kampala, Soroti, Gulu and host Mbarara district traveled to Mbarara to attend this five-day sports camp. Competitions were made in the following games; goal ball, athletics (100m,200m,400m,800m,1500m and 5000m, 10,000m, Wheel chair racing, long jump, short put, javelin and discus- both ball standing and chair seated throwers), Wheel chair basketball, Para volleyball, Table Tennis, Amputee soccer attracting closed to 400 athletes with disabilities. Athletes who use a wheelchair, braces, walker/crutches or limp categorically classified as physical disabilities participated in the wheelchair Basketball.
Wheelchair Basketball had six teams participating and nine matches played overall. Teams were categorized into group A comprising of holders Gulu Wheelchair Basketball, Layibi and Mbarara; while group B had KCCA, Nakawa and Mubende Rehabilitation Center. Top of each group met runners up in the corresponding group in the semifinals before the final showdown on day three of the fixture September 29, 2018.
Gulu Wheelchair basketball Club Versing Kampala Wheelchair basketball Club in the Mbarara finals
Gulu wheelchair basketball Club led group A with two wins garnering 4 points to meet Nakawa in the first Semi Finals. Layibi was runner up and matched up KCCA in the second Semi Finals. Gulu sees off Nakawa to book a finals place. Kampala battled its way into the finals against a resilient Layibi side. There was not enough time to play third place. Layibi declared 3rd place by virtue of being a better losing semifinalist. Nakawa settles for fourth place. KCCA deny Gulu Wheelchair Basketball chance of taking the championship for the third time in a row. In total there were 9 matches played and 122 baskets scored during the tournament from 13 different players.
Uganda Paralympic Committee president Mr. Mpindi Mbumali handed over second runner up winner’s trophy in the Community Category to Gulu which was largely Gulu Wheelchair Basketball Club roster.
Gulu Community consisting of 22 Wheelchair Basketball players alongside 8 other athletes with disabilities participated in athletics and Wheelchair basketball sports. Gulu had a very good showing dominating both track and field events in the physical and male B3 category. 12 out of 22 Gulu Wheelchair basketball roster were players U19 athletes currently participating in the Blazesports funded project. Team Gulu returned Sunday morning parading their Trophies and winners medals in the streets of Gulu Town ending their procession at Gulu Disabled Persons’ Union.
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