One of our best hopes for a medal in Rio lies with the Women's Basketball Team. Before flying out to Rio de Janeiro, we were lucky enough to grab an exclusive interview with two squad members, Jude Hamer and Claire Griffiths.
While Jude lives in Worcester, both ladies train at the University Arena as part of the British Wheelchair Basketball Team. The arena is a multi-purpose sports and events venue and is now a national centre of excellence for disability sports.
The arena, which was built in 2013 at a cost of £15m, offers state-of-the-art facilities. As well as providing excellent facilities for all areas of sports study, the Arena allows the University to offer unique services to local sport clubs in the community.
Both ladies have excelled themselves on a national and international level. Both have had to endure life changing injuries, however, what they have lost physically they certainly make up for in grit and determination.
How do you feel about going out to the games in Rio?
Jude: The team is in a really strong position at the moment and is really well prepared.
Claire: We have a good opportunity to do really well. We are looking to get some games under our belt.
One of the most asked questions that people always want to know is how do you prepare yourself for such a mega event as the Paralympics?
Claire: The preparation has already started even before the run up to the games. We spend hours on the court both as a group and individually. It's all about having a strong mind set.
Jude: Yes, in addition to being on the court it's also good to spend time with friends and family before flying out to Brazil to the holding camp.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Jude: I would say finishing 5th at the 2014 World Championships as it was our best finish and our first win against Australia.
Claire: I would agree and the fact that we beat our personal best (PB) at the same time. Another for me would have to be winning the Paralympic World Cup in 2011 against Germany.
Is there anything you feel you still want to achieve?
Jude: A world or Paralympic medal would be a very welcome addition!
Claire: We have the ability to achieve a PB but to come away with a medal would be great!
Good luck to all of our Paralympians but especially the Women's Basketball Team!
You can watch all of the action from the men's and women's games which will be played at the Carioca Arena 1 and the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio. To find out when the matches are on click here.