5 October, 2021

Victories for Simon Brown and Jim Palmer in Germany; Maddie Thompson begins BWB National League season

Great Britain’s Simon Brown and Jim Palmer both helped their teams to victories in Germany, while Maddie Thompson began her 2021/22 season for Sheffield Steelers in British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League.

Simon Brown scored three points as RSV Lahn-Dill followed-up their opening victory last weekend with a 68:53 win against RBC Köln 99ers in RBBL1. The two-time Paralympian also recorded four assists and two rebounds during his 27 minutes on court.

Jim Palmer returned to competitive action for the first time since the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, scoring five points – including a three-pointer – as Rhine River Rhinos began their RBBL1 season with a 68:58 victory over Hannover United.

In France, Academy athlete Tom Barnes scored five points on his debut for Gennevilliers as they lost 75:43 to Hyeres in Nationale A. Fin Tonner’s Red Dragon’s made the perfect start to their season with a 49:79 win over Lille.

In the UK, Tokyo 2020 Women’s co-captain Maddie Thompson returned to BWB National League action for the Sheffield Steelers, the club where she first started the sport. Thompson scored eight points and recorded four rebounds and four assists to help the Steelers beat Mohawks 74:67 in their opening Premier Division game.

Will Bonner (10 points) and Conn Nagle (8 points), who were both part of the GB U22 team which competed at the 2018 U22 European Championships, were also starters for Sheffield.

Tokyo 2020 Paralympian Lucy Robinson was also part of the Steelers matchday squad, scoring four points for Sheffield Steelers 2 in their Division 1 North match against Mohawks 2. Academy athlete Brooke Mottram represented Mohawks in Division 1.

17-year-old Academy athlete Thomas Harvey played in both fixtures for Mohawks, scoring 14 points for the second team in Division 1 North, before playing an influential role in the Premier Division fixture, contributing with 16 points and eight assists.

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