NICK BEESE (Football)

Having represented
Great Britain in the tennis competition in the World Deaf Games in 1997 and the
Deaflympics in 2001, Nick Beese is now playing his part in the men’s football
team’s bid for glory.

Beese has concentrated on football for the last couple of years

The 26-year-old midfielder was born in Bath but lives in London where he is a key figure for Fulham Deaf FC, a team he set up in 2003.

He will captain the team in Melbourne, where he will link-up with fellow Fulham club-mates Andrew Drury, Ayad Sarraf and Ben Lampert as they bid to make up for GB’s failure to qualify for the tournament in Rome in 2001.

The team have first to negotiate a tricky pool including Ireland, Greece and the hosts Australia but Beese, the son of ex-England and Bath rugby union player Mike Beese is confident of success.

“I believe we have an edge over all the other countries, and a squad equipped to bring home a gold medal,” he said.

Source : BBC SPORT