BT WWRC15 an event 'to get excited for'
The International Paralympic Committee has listed the 15 must see worldwide events in 2015. Great to see BT WWRC15 listed amongst an impressive list
The first major winter sport event following the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Games will see 150 athletes from 20 countries compete in biathlon and cross-country skiing races in Cable, USA, between 23 January and 1 February
2. World Wheelchair Curling Championships
Three-time Paralympic champions Canada will be hoping to retain their world title when they face the seven other best teams in the world in Lohja, Finland, between 6-13 February.
After making an impressive debut at Sochi 2014, around 80 of the world’s best para-snowboarders from 20 countries will travel to La Molina, Spain, to decide the world titles. With new formats, new disciplines and more classifications, the event should be an absolute thriller.
The world’s best para-skiers will compete at the worlds in Panorama, Canada, between 28 February and 10 March, for the biggest gathering of para-alpine skiers since Sochi 2014.
5. ITTF Oceania Cup
Greater Bendigo, Australia, will host the first ever integrated able-bodied and para-table tennis tournament in the history of the ITTF between 10-12 April.
The 2015 ITTF Oceania Cup and Para-Table Tennis Championships will act as a qualifier for Rio 2016.
On home ice, Paralympic champions USA will be looking to win the world title when the world’s eight best ice sledge hockey teams meet in Buffalo between 24 April and 2 May.
Defending champions Canada will not give up their title without a fight however.
7. 7-a-side Football World Championships
St Georges Park, the National Football Centre of the English Football Association, will host the 7-a-side Football World Championships between 16-28 June. Paralympic champions Russia and European gold medallists Ukraine will start as the two favourites.
8. Goalball European Championships
With places for Rio 2016 up for grabs, Europe’s best men’s and women’s goalball teams will be going all out to claim gold at the Championships which will be staged in Kaunas, Lithuania, between 5-12 July.
The Tollcross International Swimming Centre, one of the venues used for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, will host the IPC Swimming World Championships between 13-19 July.
Around 650 swimmers from over 50 countries are expected to compete.
10. UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships
The Swiss town of Nottwil will host the world’s best para-cyclists between 28 July and 2 August. At the 2014 World Championships, hosts USA topped the medals table. Can they repeat the feat again?
11. Parapan American Games
Toronto, Canada, will stage the fifth edition of the Parapan American Games. Around 1,600 athletes from 28 countries will compete in 15 sports, all of which will be qualifiers for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
12. Para-Archery World Championships
The world’s best para-archers will descend on the German town of Donaueschingen between 23-30 August for the World Championships. Can Italian para-archers maintain the form that saw them top the medals table at last year’s European Championships?
13. BT World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge
With golden memories of winning the Paralympic title at London 2012, Australia will be back in action in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Great Britain, for the World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge. Eight of the world’s strongest teams will go head-to-head in the Copper Box Arena between 12-16 October.
Around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries will be in Doha, Qatar, for the event which will feature 210 medal events. It will be the last major international track and field event before Rio 2016, so with warm weather and lots to play for, expect many world records.
15. NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters
Between 25-29 November, London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will once again stage the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters. Featuring the world’s top ranked players, the event acts as the perfect climax to the season