Jacob helps uni to victory

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Jacob Megram helped his University of Worcester side to the first ever wheelchair basketball championships, even though he’s able-bodied.

The 20-year-old former Walton High student has been a key member of the team since trying the sport out after a recommendation from a friend.

And at the first University Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Jacob and his team lifted the title, beating Nottingham Trent University in the final 30 -18.

Jacob though admits he had never considered giving the sport a go until a team-mate encouraged him.

“I never thought that as an able-bodied person I would be able to play wheelchair basketball,” Jacob said. “But one of my friends who is in the squad, Mark Stevens, encouraged me to give it a try and I really enjoyed it.”

Jacob, who is in the final year of a geography degree, said he had little knowledge of disability sports before taking up wheelchair basketball, but hopes with the success of the Paralympics and Winter Paralympics, more facilities will cater for everyone.

He said: “The Championships are a massive step for the development of disability sport within Higher Education, and have started to give the sport its recognition within the university calendar.

“I hope that the British Universities and College Sports will get involved.

“It is very important that the sport continues to grow in universities as it allows students with disabilities to represent their institutions and play alongside their peers.”