Mike’s delight as he’s picked for the Paralympics

Mike Kerr
Mike Kerr

VIEWPARK man Mike Kerr believes his sport of wheelchair rugby will attract a whole new army of fans at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – especially if he inspires Britain to gold.

Kerr was named in the British team for the Games last week, the only Scottish representative in the 10-strong squad.

The 29-year-old said: “Tickets have sold out for every game. The arena holds 12,000 people so it is going to be full to capacity.

“To go out and play in front of that amount of people, who will predominantly be cheering on Great Britain, will be like us having an extra man.

“To be picked for any Paralympics is massive, but for a home Paralympics is extra special.

“Wheelchair rugby is fast and furious and I think those who watch it will be glad they got the tickets. If we play the way we can, we are more than capable of winning gold.”

Kerr, who plays for English side North East Bulls, made his debut for Great Britain in 2006 at the Demolition Derby in Alabama, America.

He was in the British team that won silver at the European Championships in Switzerland in 2011.

He said: “I had an accident in 2000 and started playing wheelchair rugby two years later.

“I have been in and out of the British squad since 2006, but I am delighted to be going to a home Games.”

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