South West & Midlands (U14) crowned Lord’s Taverners Junior Championships following a dramatic weekend of wheelchair basketball at University of Worcester Arena.
This weekend saw 17 teams head to Worcester for the annual Lord’s Taverners two day Junior Championships. Six teams competed in the U14 category and 11 teams bid for glory in the U18 competition.
A phenomenal weekend of wheelchair basketball played out with many point for point games being laid down on court. Notable games included the U18 South West v South East Semi Final which was decided in overtime and the U18 final which was too close to call right to the final whistle (22-19).
A thoroughly enjoyable tournament that welcomed players and fans new to the Championships as well as saying a fond farewell to a number of players who were competing for the final time.
Joining the crowds in Worcester was GB’s Siobhan Fitzpatrick and Gregg Warburton. Both players are huge supporters of the Championships having carved out the own playing careers playing in both the Lord’s Taverners Junior League and Championships prior to becoming elite athletes.
British Wheelchair Basketball’s Participation Director, Jo Richards commented on the Championships:
“The Lord’s Taverners Junior Championships is crucial to the development of our young players. They are playing side by side with the top players, coaching staff and officials in the country. The hard work they have committed to the sport ahead of their selection and their dedication to training should be celebrated.
A huge part of the weekend is the atmosphere and ensuring they go home having enjoyed their Lord’s Taverners Junior Championship experience. We are also keen that their game (both on and off court) benefits from the tournament and they return to their home clubs feeling enriched as players by the experienced.”