- UCO’s Holloway selected as finalist for 2012 Team Sportswoman of the Year Award. To vote for Holloway, visit www.womenssportsfoundation.org. Voting is open through Sept. 9.
- See some of her Paralympic bloggers videos.
- Katie Holloway – Controversy & Education, Paralympics 2012
- Katie Holloway – Pregame Bus Ride, Paralympics 2012
- Katie Holloway – Goalball Experience, Paralympics 2012
- Katie Holloway – Welcome to London, Paralympics 2012
- Rwanda: Sitting Volleyballers Toil in London. Read more: (however, be wary of some of the facts presented in the story, particularly, who the writer thinks is the favourite of the tournament, as it should be Iran and not, as mentioned – Germany!).
- Women’s Sitting Team Makes Gold Medal Match
- Britt alum Heather Erickson leads U.S. to Paralympics volleyball final
- Russian Paralympians under fire in London
Russian sitting volleyball squad in Paralympic action (RIA Novosti/Iliya Pitalev)
- Great Britain’s Martine Wright (7) and Claire Harvey (11) during the women’s sitting volleyball
- Paralympics: GB still on the search for sitting volleyball victory
- Inspiring bomb victim gets volley of support from crowd
- Martine Wright: “I believe that I was meant to do this journey.”
- Sitting Volleyball – Women’s 7-8 Classification – Match 41 – London 2012 Paralympic Games. watch video from 15-13 of the first set.
- Son of ex-chairman Richardson loses out in Paralympic volleyball
- Read more: Son of ex-chairman Richardson loses out in Paralympic volleyball | Coventry Observer
- Sitting Volleyball Italiano.Watch on Youtube
- Official support for sitting volleyball. 05 September 2012 | Mel Paramasivan | Read original article
Every visiting team taking centre stage at the Sitting Volleyball Court could mistake their match as a home game, as enthusiastic crowds cheer the fourteen countries competing.
Strategic direction for sitting volleyball
The game is now played by athletes in more than 50 countries around the world, and last year UK Sport worked with the WOVD to support the strategic direction of international sitting volleyball through the training of officials from Sub-Saharan Africa. The objective was to help strengthen the delivery of high quality and inclusive sport in the region.
Sport Director Denis Le Breuil held training for sitting volleyball officiates in Rwanda and reports that since then, all trained officials have now gained international experience, following invitations to events across the continent.
The drive to develop officials in Sub-Saharan Africa comes as interest in the game continues, especially where, in countries like Rwanda, sitting volleyball has been employed as an activity to rehabilitate and integrate former child soldiers and groups affected by conflict.
The classification of officials will ensure that new players joining WOVD activities play in accordance to international rules, so that the sport develops within governed structures.
During the week training course of officials, local referees also had the opportunity to meet officials from different competing nations. The result is the formation of a Women’s teams in preparation for an All Africa Women’s Championship next year.
Denis believes that supporting the sport in Sub-Saharan Africa will help bring more teams to the international stage, asRwanda becomes the first Sitting Volleyball Team from the region to send a team to the Paralympic Games.
“One of the key elements of the Sub-Saharan Qualifier was the way it raised the status of the players – and the respect with which they were treated, particularly as Rwanda Qualified for the London Paralympics,” said Denis.
The development of the sport and the successes are also helping reform wider social mindsets and attitudes towards athletes with disabilities, as WOVD were able to raise these issues with the Rwandan government.
International Development Officer at UK Sport, Clare Barrell, commented, “UK Sport is delighted to have partnered with WOVD to deliver grassroots training in Rwanda and assist WOVD in reaching their vision of seeing sitting volleyball as the world’s most popular sport for persons with disabilities”.
|Christoph Herzog (Top) of Germany digs the ball during the men’s sitting volleyball quarterfinal against China at the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London, Britain, on Sept. 5, 2012. Germany beat China 3-2. (Xinhua/Chen Yehua)|
- Sitting Volleyball – JPN vs SLO – Women’s 5-8 Classification – London 2012 Paralympic Game Watch on YouTube
- Sitting Volleyball – IRI vs BIH – Men’s Preliminaries Pool B – London 2012 Paralympic Games watch on YouTube
- Gallery: Sitting Volleyball Photos of the USA Women Sitting Volleyball Team
- GBR: 2012 London Paralympics – Day 7 – Sitting Volleyball more on Getty Images