Paralympics today: Wheelchair basketball quarters and the dancer-turned-swimmer

Olympic Park
Another day of drama and action at the Olympic Park Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Bulldogs prepare for quarter-finals

After a shaky start, the GB wheelchair basketball team is through to the quarter-finals and faces Turkey this afternoon. Redcar's Terry Bywater, who scored the most goals in the last game, must produce more of the same if the Bulldogs are to make the semis. If they win, they will face Canada, who beat them in the preliminaries. Bywater knows how tough it will be, tweeting: "Your support has been amazing . Wednesday we are going to need you more than ever."

Dancer makes swimming finals

The Geordie James O' Shea has made his breaststroke final, qualifying in fifth place. O' Shea is best known as a professional wheelchair dancer who starred on Dancing on Wheels, eventually winning the show with his dancing partner Caroline Flack. The former Olympian Mark Foster approached him to take up swimming, and so the Geordie began training for London 2012. He was more than two seconds slower than third place in qualifying, so he has an outside chance of winning a medal.

Wearside sailor could still win a medal

The Sonar sailing team, which includes John Robertson, sit in sixth place with four races still to go. There are only four points between third place and sixth, but the GB team need to do well in their remaining races to get on the podium. Robertson said yesterday: “We had a pretty good day for the conditions, we sailed a lot better today and got a reasonable result and the guys that we needed to beat were mainly behind us, which is good. Patience is definitely the key, if we remain patient it will come, but we are running out of races and we know that. We know where we are and we are confident we can nail it.”