Redland ready for Paralympics

FOUR Redland athletes are in London ready to compete at the Paralympic Games, which kick off early tomorrow morning (AEST) and run for two weeks.

Wellington Point goalballer Meica Christensen, 23, who has a visual disability, will captain her side at the games.

The team is ranked eighth in the 10-team competition but Christensen said their preparation put them in a strong position to beat the top two teams, China and the US.Goalball is open to athletes with a vision impairment.

All players wear blacked out goggles and the aim is to roll a bell-filled ball into the opposition’s net.

The first match for the goalballers is against Japan on Friday, August 31, at 6pm AEST before a game against Canada on Sunday, September 2 at 7.15pm and against the US on Monday, September 3 at 3.30am AEST.

The team will also have a 9.30pm game against Sweden on Tuesday, September 4, before the quarter finals start at 6pm AEST on Wednesday, September 5.

Cleveland swimmer Daniel Fox, 21, will compete in the 100m backstroke, in which he is ranked No.3 in the world, the 100m breaststroke and his pet event, the 200m freestyle, in which he broke the world record in March.

He will take to the pool for the 100m backstroke on Friday, August 31 at 6.30pm with the finals the next morning.

He will be in the pool again on September 2 for the 200m freestyle heats at 6.30pm with the finals on September 3 between 8.30am and 11.30am.

The finals will be televised in Queensland on ABC One.

Target shooter Bradley Mark from Alexandra Hills and Wellington Point’s wheelchair rugby player Cameron Carr are also competing at the games.

Carr, 35, who was part of the team to win silver at the Beijing Games in 2008, was co-captain of the successful Steelers team that beat Japan five-nil in Sydney in May.

First up, the Steelers play bronze medallists Canada on Thursday, September 6, at 4am AEST (Wednesday, September 5 at 7pm in London).

That night, they play Sweden at 11pm and, on Friday, September 7, at 8.30pm AEST they play Belgium before the semi-finals start on Saturday, September 8.

It will be the first games for 55-year-old rifle shooter Mark who will compete in the 10m air rifle prone on Saturday, September 1, at 6pm with the finals at 9pm AEST.

He will also compete in the standing rifle category, which starts at 6pm on Sunday, September 2, with the finals that night.

Wellington Point goalballer Meica Christensen, 23, who has a visual disability, will captain her side at the games.

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