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Paralympics: Cerebral Palsy Football
Russia, Ukraine and Iran are the global football powers of cerebral palsy 7-a-side football. However GB, ranked 7th in the world, aim to break their hold at the 2012 Paralympics.
Great Britain need to overcome defending champions Ukraine, USA and Brazil to progress from their group, if they want to fulfil their dream of a medal. GB will of course have home support and also Ibs Diallo, a potential star of London 2012. The 19-year-old student from Bristol was only diagnosed with cerebral palsy earlier this year and fast-tracked into the 7-a-side team, where he made a telling impact at the BT Paralympic World Cup, scoring seven goals in that tournament.
This explosive young talent, together with the experience of players like Martin Heselton, who was left with a brain injury following a car accident and Matt Dimbylow, who was part of the GB team which finished seventh in the Beijing Paralympics 2008, give GB a chance of making the podium.
Team member Martin Sinclair, brother of Swansea City winger Scott refuses to bow to the form book,
“There’s no such thing as can’t," said the 24-year-old. "I was in a wheelchair for three-and-a-half years and I didn’t think I would be playing. Anything’s possible when you get on that field.”
Head Injury UK: Cerebral Palsy Claim Experts
Head Injury UK supports all Paralympians and hopes that they all achieve their goals. They are an inspiration to us all, not only for their sporting achievements, but also their indefatigable spirit. The GB football team is a particularly inspiring example to anyone struggling with cerebral palsy or a traumatic brain injury, of what they can achieve. At Head Injury UK we understand the paramount importance of rehabilitation as part of any claim, so if you want to see how we can help you or someone close to you, please contact Clare Langford.
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