Joy Haizelden made her major senior debut for Great Britain at the 2014 Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships; the following year, the 2.5 player played a crucial role in the GB Women’s bronze medal European Championship campaign – securing the nation a qualification place for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
In 2015 Joy was also a part of the team who was crowned the Women’s U25 World Champions in Beijing, China. The GB squad subsequently achieved back to back U24 European Championships gold medal wins in 2016 and 2018. In 2019 the GB Women’s brought home the U25 World Championships bronze medal.
At the 2016 Rio Games Joy made her Paralympics debut – the GB Women’s Team made history with a stunning fourth place finish, the highest achieved by a women’s team.
2018 was a phenomenal year for Joy and the GB Women’s Team. The team delivered an outstanding performance at the World Championships held in Hamburg. The squad qualified for the final game and brought home the silver medal – both firsts for a GB Women’s Squad at a major championships.
Joy made history at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, winning bronze with Team England in the first ever appearance of wheelchair basketball in a Commonwealth Games.
Joy has achieved great success with University of Alabama alongside studying her major in MPH Health & Promotion, winning back-to-back National titles 2021 and 2022.
At the 2022 IWBF World Championships (played in 2023), Joy was part of the GB Women’s team that finished in ninth place.
2022 IWBF World Championships (played in 2023) – 9th
2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games – Bronze
2021 European Championships, Madrid, Spain – Silver
2020 Paralympic Games, Tokyo, Japan – 7th
2019 European Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Silver
2019 U25 World Championships, Thailand – Bronze
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Silver
2018 U24 European Championships – Gold
2017 European Championships, Tenerife, Spain – Bronze
2016 U24 European Championships – Gold
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio, Brazil – 4th
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – Bronze
2015 U25 World Championships, Beijing, China – Gold
2014 World Championships, Toronto, Canada – 5th