North Wales Knights Celebrate a Successful Debut Season

North Wales Knights’ youngsters Ana Blease and Ryan Jones, alongside Head Coach Mike Hayes, present framed vests to Conwy County Borough Council’s Head Community Development Services, Marianne Jackson, Section Head of Active & Creative Lifestyles, John Hardy, and Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Marketing & Leisure, Councillor Graham Rees. Photographs taken by Barrie Mee.

Wheelchair Basketball North Wales’ representative side, the North Wales Knights, held their inaugural Awards Evening at Eirias on Saturday 9th of July.

 Almost 70 people attended the evening with special guests on hand to present the awards across all four National League squads.

 Mike Hayes, WBNW’s Chairman said: “It was an incredibly proud and momentous night for WBNW to be able to host its inaugural awards evening at Parc Eirias. To be able to show the scale of the organisation we now have and the incredible talent we have been able to bring through is a positive reflection on North Wales and what can be achieved across the region when people work together in a common cause”.

 Councillor Graham Rees, Portfolio Holder for Tourism, Marketing and Leisure, was on hand to present some of the awards on the evening and added “Conwy County Borough Council is committed to building an organisation that makes full use of the talents, skills and experiences of all sections of our diverse society regardless of their identity, ability and social background. Council Leisure Officers are very proactive in promoting access to play, physical activity, leisure services and social inclusion for disadvantaged groups.

 The Council’s vision is to ensure barriers to inclusion are removed or overcome so that any child, young person or adults in Conwy has equal access to the services used by their peers with each service making their services accessible by addressing barriers resulting from social exclusion, particularly disability.

 Disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else, and should get access to everything like everyone else. We need to remember that disabled people can do what non-disabled people can do – for example, join in with sports, and have the same opportunities. Within an Inclusive Conwy we endeavour to ensure that appropriate measures are taken so that people of all ages can engage effectively within the provision of services that are on offer and actively engage in all aspects of community life“.

 North Wales Knight compete in British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League travelling all over the UK. The Knights 1st team secured promotion to next season’s National Division 1 North after winning this year’s Northern 2nd Division. Knights 2 finished 2nd in Division 3 Midlands and Knights 3 went undefeated throughout the season in Division 4. More success came for the Knights under 19 squad after they topped the Northern Division before eventually losing out to the UK Champions in the Play-off Finals.

 If you would like to know more about wheelchair basketball in North Wales or have an interest in playing, volunteering or supporting the North Wales Knights then please email or search WBNWKnights on Facebook or Twitter.