On the final day of the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, and one of the final medals for ParalympicsGB, the men’s wheelchair basketball team completed their epic competition with a brilliant on-court performance against Spain.
The squad has earnt well deserved respect and recognition for their outstanding performance and incredible teamwork during this Paralympic Games. Overcoming considerable challenges during preparation and as they headed out to compete, they have proven to the world the value of digging deep and working together to achieve success.
Throughout the tournament and upon achieving their bronze medal the ParalympicsGB men’s team have only conveyed admiration and respect for player/coach Choudhry’s leadership both on and off the court during the Games.
Following the bronze win Gaz Choudhry underlined the team’s mutual respect for each other, commenting:
“The team has allowed me to be an athlete, player and coach at the same time. It’s been challenging and tough but without this group I couldn’t have done it.
“Bronze medal game is more about heart – it’s the toughest game to play as both teams have absolutely had their heart broken.
“We’ve had so many knock backs, we’ve had a season where we haven’t been together for two years (due to COVID) and we have just relied on our experience of being resilient and courageous, and being truthful.”
Jayne Ellis, ParalympicsGB Team Leader and British Wheelchair Basketball Performance Director elated by the win commented:
“I have so much respect for this incredible team of players – I am superbly proud of each and every one of them. They have never backed down, staring the challenges of this tournament directly in the eye.
“With Gaz Choudhry and Ian Sagar’s leadership in the coach and captain roles, these players have shared their extensive experience and depth of knowledge of the game to empower this team to continue fighting throughout.
“Their Paralympic bronze medals are hard fought and thoroughly deserved.”