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GB Round-up: 16th/17th March 2024

Photo credit: BWB / SA Images

In Spain, Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt) won 71:87 against Econy Gran Canaria. Ben Fox had 2 points. Lee Manning had 32 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists. Charlotte Moore had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Phil Pratt had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 17 assists.

Servigest Burgos (Helen Freeman) were defeated 61:51 by Mideba Extremadura. Helen Freeman had 4 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh) had a 72:50 over visitors Menarini Joventut. Adbi Jama had 4 points. Kyle Marsh had 19 points, 2 rebounds and 10 assists.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won 78:58 against IMF Getafe. Gregg Warburton had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists. Terry Bywater had 12 points, 1 rebounds and 7 assists.

Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) were defeated 75:81 by UCAM Murcia (Lee Fryer, Peter Cusack). Lee Fryer had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists.

At home in the National League Premier Division, Sheffield Steelers (Maddie Thompson) had a 51:55 win on the road against Plymouth Fusion.

In the Women’s Premier League, Loughborough Lightning (Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Lucy Robinson, Maddie Martin, Anastasia Blease) had a comprehensive victory over Worcester Wolves (Kayla Bell), winning 26:76. Robyn Love had 23 points, 6 rebound and 11 assists. Laurie Williams had 12 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists. Lucy Robinson had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Anastasia Blease had 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden (James Palmer) had a 58:35 victory at home against BBC Münsterland. James Palmer 2 points and 4 rebounds.

In Italy, Briantea 84 Cantù (Sophie Carrigill) won 65:54 versus Dinamo Lab Banco di Sardegna.

Spanish League:http://bsr.feddf.es/ 
German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/ 
BWB National League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/ 
BWB Women’s Premier League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2023-24-2/ 
Italian League: https://www.federipic.it/ 
University of Alabama (USA):https://bamaadapted.com/sports/wbball?path=wbball 

CEO Update: 14th March 2024

Written by Justine Baynes, CEO of British Wheelchair Basketball

Photo: BWB / Ahmedphotos

With just under six months to go until we head off to the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris, it feels like a good time to start a regular update from BWB. I would love to be able to send all our members and supporters a regular email, but until we upgrade our digital communications platforms we will have to make do with this approach!

Paris 2024

We are now in full swing with our preparations for Paris 2024. Our GB Women’s and Men’s squads have a regular programme of camps and competitions over the next few months. We will be watching the upcoming repechage tournament carefully to see which teams will be joining us in Paris and are excited to see the competition draw to find out who we will be up against in the group stages.

I hope that many of you will be able to travel to Paris to cheer our teams on. We are also working to set up some get-togethers where all our families, friends and supporters can meet up here at home.

Club Conference

I am delighted to say that we will be holding a club conference on June 29th in Nottingham, where we hope to have representatives from all our clubs together. There will be a packed agenda for the day, where we will share a lot of the work that we have been doing in the last year or so and what we will be doing to ensure the growth of our sport. This will be followed by an evening awards ceremony to thank the people who have given so much to our sport.

More details will be published shortly about this event, including an agenda and ticketing information.

Junior Review

Last year we announced a significant review into how we deliver our sport for junior participants, and I would like to thank everyone who took part in that. The results were very positive, and we now have some solid evidence on which to base our development. This work aims to help clubs support younger players and ensure that young people can enjoy wheelchair basketball in a safe environment. We will be sharing much more detail about the specific initiatives at our club conference in June, such as a fund to help clubs put on more sessions, and access grants for equipment.

National League and Inspire Leagues

Our domestic leagues continue to deliver some outstanding performances. With the introduction of the Inspire Leagues we are now able to offer competitive and recreational opportunities to play, broadening our community. Of course, there is always work to do in this area and we welcome the support and dialogue from our clubs and partner organisations.

UK Sport

We have just submitted our next funding bid to UK Sport, which will enable us to deliver the performance programme through the LA Games cycle. After Paris 2024, we will find out what funding we will be awarded, to be implemented from April 2025. We then will be starting on the funding bid for Sport England, which is used to support the grassroots and community side of the game – that new four-year cycle begins in 2026.

Onwards and upwards!

Everything that we do is about attracting more people to play wheelchair basketball, which will lead to more people involved in the sport (coaches, officials, clubs, supporters etc). In turn, this enables us to attract more diverse sources of income and ultimately gives us a larger player pool from which to select our GB athletes at the Paralympics.

This year is going to be incredibly important for us as we enjoy the increased profile of our sport. I will share more in later updates about some of the activities that we have planned to maximise this opportunity. We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events, or in Paris this summer!

Statement 12th March 2024

British Wheelchair Basketball takes bullying, abuse and misconduct very seriously. We are aware of some videos that have been broadcast about BWB and the people who work within the organisation. There is no place in any sport for abusive and derogatory language, misogyny or threats of physical violence.

We welcome dialogue and debate about the running of our sport, but this must be done in a constructive and respectful manner. We have reported the videos to the relevant authorities and are taking appropriate action. Wheelchair basketball is and must remain an inclusive, welcoming sport for all.

GB Round-up: 9th/10th March 2024

In the Champions Cup Quarter Finals, Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt) went undefeated, winning all three games in their group. In their opening game, Albacete won 75:44 against Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley). In their second game of the weekend, Albacete delivered a strong team performance to win 54:93 against Italian side Porto Torres. In the final game, they won 80:73 versus German league leaders RSV Lahn-Dill.

In Group B of the Champions Cup, CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) also had a successful weekend. Ilunion won their opener against S.Stefano 73:92. In their second game, German side Thuringia Bulls took the win 65:81. Ilunion recovered to win 86:75 against Galatasaray.

Also in Group A, Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) were defeated 69:59 by RSV Lahn-Dill. In their final game of the weekend, Bilbao won 84:63 versus Porto Torres.

Amiab Albacete and CD Ilunion are through to the Champions Cup Final, which takes place 2nd – 5th May. More information can be found on the IWBF Europe homepage: https://www.iwbf-europe.org/

UCAM Murcia (Lee Fryer, Peter Cusack) competed in the EuroCup 3 group stages this past weekend. UCAM Murcia, in Group B, beat Panathinaikos (86-47), Sport Firenze (72-36), Mustang Konin (104-49) and CAPSAAA (105-40).

In the USA, the University of Alabama (Joy Haizelden) competed in the 2024 NWBA Women’s Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball National Championships. University of Alabama won both games, scoring 65:35 against Arizona and 75:57 against UT Arlington. Finishing the season in fine form, Alabama were crowned collegiate champions – their third time in a row lifting the trophy!

In the BWB National League, London Titans (Jack Perry, Jude Hamer, Gaz Choudhry) secured a 71:61 victory at home against Sheffield Steelers (Maddie Thompson). For London Titans, Jack Perry had 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Gaz Choudhry had 22 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists. For Sheffield Steelers, Maddie Thompson had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists.

At home in the Women’s Premier League, East London Phoenix (Amy Conroy, Jude Hamer) claimed a 91:42 victory over Cardiff Met Archers (Jade Atkin). For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 25 points, 5 rebounds, and 12 assists. For Cardiff Met Archers, Jade Atkin had 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.

Spanish League:http://bsr.feddf.es/ 
German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/ 
BWB National League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/ 
BWB Women’s Premier League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2023-24-2/ 
Italian League: https://www.federipic.it/ 
University of Alabama (USA):https://bamaadapted.com/sports/wbball?path=wbball 

GB Round-up: 24th / 25th February 2024

In Spain, several GB Senior athletes competed in the Copa del Rey for their clubs in the BSR España league. CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) claimed the title in a thrilling final against Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt), winning 77:71. For CD Ilunion, Gregg Warburton had 7 points, 5 rebounds and 13 assists. Terry Bywater had 9 points. For Amiab Albacete, Harry Brown had 2 points and 1 rebound. Ben Fox had 4 points and 1 rebound. Lee Manning had 8 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist. Charlotte Moore had 1 rebound. Phil Pratt had 10 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists.

Phil Pratt and Greg Warburton were named in the All-star Five at the conclusion of the competition.

Phil Pratt (second from left), Gregg Warburton (third from left). Photo credit to BSR España.

In the third-place playoff, Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) defeated UCAM Murcia (Lee Fryer, Peter Cusack) 66:71. For UCAM Murcia, Lee Fryer had 24 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists. Peter Cusack had 4 points and 2 rebounds.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh) were defeated in the group stages, having been defeated 92:57 by CD Illusion. Abdi Jama had 2 points and 2 assists. Kyle Marsh had 20 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists.  

Full stats for the BSR Copa del Rey can be found here: https://www.bsrespana.es/bsr-competiciones/

Servigest Burgos (Helen Freeman) were narrowly defeated 68:72 by IMF Getafe in the final of the first edition of the BSR España de la Copa. Helen Freeman had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

At home in the BWB National League, London Titans (Jack Perry, Jude Hamer, Gaz Choudhry) won 82:29 against Mohawks. Jack Perry had 31 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists.

Sheffield Steelers (Maddie Thompson) won 78:60 against Plymouth Fusion.

In the Women’s Premier League, Cardiff Met Archers (Jade Atkin) won 53:43 at home against East London Phoenix (Amy Conroy, Jude Hamer). For Archers, Jade Atkin had 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

Loughborough Lightning (Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Lucy Robinson, Maddie Martin, Anastasia Blease) had a 73:51 victory against visitors Worcester Wolves (Kayla Bell). For Lightning, Robyn Love had 25 points, 7 rebounds and 16 assists. Lucy Robinson had 29 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Maddie Martin had 2 points. Anastasia Blease had 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. For Wolves, Kayla Bell had 1 rebound and 2 assists.

In Italy, Briantea 84 Cantù (Sophie Carrigill) won 87:36 against PDM Treviso.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) won 71:47 against visitors ING Skywheelers. Jim Palmer had 2 points.

University of Alabama (Joy Haizelden) were defeated on the road against rivals Legends ABC Medical. Joy Haizelden had 16 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists. Alabama will finish the season at the upcoming NWBA Women’s Intercollegiate National Championship Tournament, which takes place March 7th-9th.

BWB National League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/ 

BWB Women’s Premier League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2023-24-2/

Spanish League:http://bsr.feddf.es/ 

German League:https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/ 

Italian League: https://www.federipic.it/  

University of Alabama (USA):https://bamaadapted.com/sports/wbball?path=wbball 

GB Round-up: 17th/18th February 2024

Photo: BWB / SA Images

At home in the BWB National League Premier Division, Manchester Revolution (Martin Edwards, Tyler Baines) beat Mohawks 87:53 at home. For Manchester Revolution, Martin Edwards had 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists. Tyler Bains had 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.

GB Women headed to the Osaka Cup 2024, where they competed in a series of friendlies against Australia, Thailand and hosts Japan. Read more on how their fixtures went here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/2024/02/gb-women-victorious-at-the-osaka-cup-2024/

In Spain,  Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt) secured a 67:77 victory on the road against Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh). For Amiab Albacete, Harry Brown had 7 points and 3 rebounds. Ben Fox had 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists. Lee Manning had 2 points and 2 rebounds. Phil Pratt had 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 10 assists. For Amivel Reyes Gutierrez, Abdi Jama had 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Kyle Marsh 10 points, 2 rebounds, and 3 assists.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) had a dominant 91:61 win over Econy Gran Canaria. For CD Ilunion, Greg Warburton had 19 points, 1 rebound, and 7 assists. Terry Bywater had 13 points, 2 rebounds, and 1 assist.

Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) beat IMF Getafe 84:42 at home.

UCAM Murcia (Lee Fryer, Peter Cusack) won 73:91 against Iberconsa Amfiv. For UCAM Murcia, Lee Fryer had 32 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists. Peter Cusack had 14 points, 2 rebounds, and 8 assists.

This weekend is the highly anticipated Copa del Rey 2024 – we wish the very best to all the athletes on court! More information can be found on the BSR Espana website: https://www.bsrespana.es/Definidos-el-cuadro-de-competicion-de-la-Copa-del-Rey-BSR/

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) claimed a 63:56 victory over Hannover United.

Spanish League:http://bsr.feddf.es/ 
German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/ 
BWB National League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/ 
BWB Women’s Premier League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2023-24-2/ 
Italian League: https://www.federipic.it/ 
University of Alabama (USA):https://bamaadapted.com/sports/wbball?path=wbball 

GB Women victorious at the Osaka Cup 2024!

Photo: BWB / SA Images

A successful trip to Japan for the GB Women’s team as they won the Osaka Cup 2024 this past weekend, winning all of their games against Australia, Thailand, and Japan. The series of friendlies took place 16th–18th February 2024, providing a vital preparation opportunity for the squad ahead of the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Throughout the tournament and alongside the playing schedule, the GB Women’s players have been taking part in activities with schools and junior groups to help grow the sport.

In the final, GB Women won 71:46 against hosts Japan, showcasing tremendous skill on the court for a roaring crowd of spectators. Joy Haizelden was named MVP, delivering a comprehensive performance in the final against Japan with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 10 assists.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, Amy Conroy was named in the All-star Five. Lucy Robinson was given the ‘Friendship Award’, which celebrates the ethos of the tournament also known as the ‘Friendship Games’.

GB Women’s team who competed at the Osaka Cup 2024:
Sophie Carrigill – 1.0
Jodie Waite – 1.0
Kayla Bell – 1.5
Joy Haizelden – 2.5
Maddie Martin – 3.0
Amy Conroy – 4.0
Katie Morrow – 4.5
Lucy Robinson – 4.5
Jade Atkin – 4.5
Robyn Love – 3.5
Maddie Thompson – 4.0
Laurie Williams – 2.5

Congratulations and safe travels to the team!

GB Round-up: 10th/11th February

At the Illinois College Tournament, the University of Alabama (Joy Haizelden) went 3/3, continuing their impressive form this collegiate season. In their opener, Alabama won 43:12 against City University of New York. In game two, Alabama were victorious over hosts Illinois, 62:37. In their third game of the tournament, Alabama won 67:21 against University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Rounding out a successful weekend, Alabama took the win 50:40 against UT Arlington.

In Spain, UCAM Murcia (Lee Fryer, Peter Cusack) won 77:54 against Servigest Burgos (Helen Freeman). For UCAM Murcia, Lee Fryer had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists. Peter Cusack had 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. For Servigest Burgos, Helen Freeman had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 10 assists.

An incredibly close game in Albacete as Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) were narrowly defeated 67:66 by Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt).

For Amiab Albacete, Harry Brown had 5 points and 5 rebounds. Simon Brown had 2 points. Ben Fox had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assists. Lee Manning had 8 points and 9 rebounds. Charlotte Moore had 2 points and 1 rebound. Phil Pratt had 17 points, 4 rebounds and 14 assists.

Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh) were defeated 72:65 by hosts Econy Gran Canaria. Abdi Jama had 12 points, 1 rebound and 4 assists. Kyle Marsh had 13 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists.

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won 45:84 on the road against Fundacion Aliados. Gregg Warburton had 14 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Terry Bywater had 11 points, 2 rebounds and 5 assists.

In Italy, Briantea 84 Cantù (Sophie Carrigill) won 37:77 against PDM Treviso. Sophie Carrigill had 2 points, 2 rebounds and 1 assist.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) were defeated 50:79 by league leaders RSB Thuringia Bulls. Jim Palmer had 2 points and 1 assist.

In the BWB Women’s Premier League, Loughborough Lightning (Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Robyn Love, Laurie Williams, Lucy Robinson, Maddie Martin, Anastasia Blease) secured a 57:68 victory against East London Phoenix (Amy Conroy, Jude Hamer). For Lightning, Robyn Love had 9 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists. Laurie Williams had 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists. Lucy Robinson had 3 points and 3 rebounds. Maddie Martin had 2 points and 3 rebounds. Anastasia Blease had 4 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assists. For East London Phoenix, Amy Conroy had 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists.

Spanish League:http://bsr.feddf.es/ 
German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/ 
BWB National League: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/national-league/ 
BWB Women’s Premier League:https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/competition/womens-premier-league-2023-24-2/ 
Italian League: https://www.federipic.it/ 
University of Alabama (USA):https://bamaadapted.com/sports/wbball?path=wbball 

Photo credit: BWB / SA Images