Mike’s Euro gold dream to get over Paralympic nightmare

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Having missed out on a medal at London 2012, Viewpark’s Mike Kerr doesn’t intend to be similarly frustrated at this summer’s European Championships.

Gold is the aim for the British wheelchair rugby team in Belgium from August 10-18 after a disappointing fifth at the Paralympics.

Kerr was part of the British team which finished fourth at the Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge in Odense earlier this month, which moved them up to fourth in the world rankings.

He said: “I think it went quite well in Denmark considering we have a young, new squad.

“We finished fourth which was one place above our world ranking going into the competition so you can’t ask for too much more than that.

“I think it is always important to get new guys playing and with the European Championships in August it was a nice test for some of the squad to try and get to the required level.

Kerr is confident the
squad will be at their prime come the tournament in Antwerp, and as the top ranked European nation gold is their only goal.

“I think the main objective has got to be gold, I played in 2011 when we got silver and we’re now more than capable of getting gold.

“Germany and France will be there or thereabouts, and Denmark will take a few countries by surprise, but we are confident of winning.”

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