The 2018 Olympic Winter Games may be over, and the Paralympic Winter Games may have also come to a close in PyeongChang, but Prince William and Kate Middleton haven’t forgotten about their nation’s sports players, popping by London’s Olympic Park on Thursday.
During a visit to a charity called SportsAid that assists young British athletes in ascending to Olympic, Paralympic and other international competitions status, Prince William tried his hand at the game of wheelchair basketball. The Duke of Cambridge was shown the ropes by young rising stars who play wheelchair basketball — and even took a few shots at the hoop himself. When he sank a basket — on his third try — the crowd was enthusiastic in their cheers.
Supporting him from the sidelines was none other than the Duchess of Cambridge, who is eight months pregnant and expecting their third royal baby sometime next month. In fact, this may very well be her final official public appearance before settling down to await the arrival of the new child. SportsAid has been a longtime cause for Princess Kate, as it supports athletes in financing their pursuits.
Wheelchair basketball, which is one of the events of the Summer Paralympic Games, will make be a part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
The Duke has a go at wheelchair basketball - and scores! ???? pic.twitter.com/AkLhdumhYB— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
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Third time lucky for The Duke as he follows the lead of SportsAid alumni @AdeAdepitan and @Robyn_Love13 by giving wheelchair basketball a go and showing off his shooting ability! @KensingtonRoyal @BritWheelBBall #SupportTheNext pic.twitter.com/BukglIbbtt
The Duke and Duchess have just met athletes @At_Letee, @AmberAnning, Chris Murray and @JoshuaBainF37 - all of whom are SportsAid recipients— SportsAid (@TeamSportsAid) March 22, 2018
Vera and Amber handed over gifts to be passed on to Prince George and Princess Charlotte - it was the @GC2018 ???????? mascot Borobi! pic.twitter.com/aHuaNrgVnA
Their Royal Highnesses arrive at the @CopperBoxArena to join a @TeamSportsAid event.— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) March 22, 2018
SportsAid is the only national charity of its kind – helping young British sportsmen & women who are aspiring to be the country's next Olympic, Paralympic, Commonwealth & World Champions. pic.twitter.com/Ui2iulVPFL