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A tribute to Murray Treseder

British Wheelchair Basketball are deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of Murray Treseder. Murray Treseder was a seasoned high-performance coach with decades of experience at the top level of the sport, coaching the GB Men’s team 2007-2012.

Charlie Bethel, former CEO of British Wheelchair Basketball and current Executive Council member of the IWBF and Chair of the organisation’s Competition Commission, paid tribute:

“Above all Murray loved his family and his face lit up when he spoke of his daughters and grandchildren, his second love was a tie between Geelong Aussie Rules Football Team and Wheelchair Basketball.

A successful coach in the running game in Australia, Murray Treseder made the move to wheelchair basketball and was recognised as a leading talent and he took the [Australian] team to Silver at the Summer Paralympic Games in Athens.

Murray joined British Wheelchair Basketball in 2007 following the World Championships where he picked up a Bronze with Australia. He made an instant mark with his straight talking and desire to develop more young players into the national squad. In Beijing [2008], Murray took ill although the team still went on to take the Bronze with great performances from the players.

Murray had a strong desire to see the Women’s Team grow and he attended every training session he could to give them support; he would always be seen at Women’s League and Junior League games and travelled the UK to watch teams play in all divisions. With countless wins with the team Murray left British Wheelchair Basketball after London 2012.

In his semi-retirement, he went on to be a Performance Lead with Australia Basketball and supported the Rollers. He will be sorely missed by friends, teammates and his opponents on the court!”

The thoughts of everyone at British Wheelchair Basketball are with Murray’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.

GB Round-up: 7th / 8th October

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Season openers took place across the Spanish and German leagues for several GB Senior athletes, and GB Women U25 claim Silver at Worlds.

In Spain, Amivel Reyes Gutierrez (Abdi Jama, Kyle Marsh) won 75:51 at home against Fundacion Aliados. Abdi Jama had 8 points and 1 assist. Kyle Marsh was game leader on assists with 10 assists, and had 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) had a 65:68 win on the road against CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater). For Bidaideak Bilbao, James MacSorley had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist. For CD Ilunion, Gregg Warburton was game leader on assists with 7 assists, and had 14 points and 2 rebounds. Terry Bywater was team leader on points with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists.

Servigest Burgos (Helen Freeman) won 67:63 against visitors IMF Getafe BSR. Helen Freeman had 6 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists.

Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt) won 54:69 against hosts Iberconsa Amfiv (Lewis Edwards). For Amiab Albacete, Harry Brown had 3 rebounds. Simon Brown had 1 rebound. Ben Fox had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Phil Pratt was game leader on assists with 13 assists, and had 6 points and 3 rebounds. For Iberconsa Amfiv, Lewis Edwards had 13 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

In Germany, Rhine River Rhinos (Jim Palmer) got their season off to a great start with a 55:71 win against RBC Köln 99ers. Jim Palmer had 2 points and 3 rebounds.

GB Women U25 claimed Silver at the 2023 IWBF Women’s U25 World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand. The squad featured current GB Seniors Jade Atkin, Lucy Robinson, Anastasia Blease and Maddie Martin.

Spanish League: http://bsr.feddf.es/

German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/

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

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

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

GB Women U25 claim Silver at Worlds

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In a competitive final against reigning champions USA, GB Women U25 claimed Silver at the 2023 IWBF Women’s U25 World Championship in Bangkok, Thailand.  

After a slight delay to the competition due to venue challenges, the squad delivered superb performances in their pool stages which highlighted the strength of the team. Claiming the win over Australia, China and Spain, the squad’s only defeat in the pool stage was against USA.

In the quarter-finals, GB Women U25 had a comprehensive victory over Japan and earned their place in a heated semi-final against Spain. In the Gold medal game, USA took the win 72:49.

Katie Morrow was named in the All-Star Five, as voted on by all teams taking part in the tournament.

Credit: IWBF / SA Images

A huge congratulations and safe travels home to all players and staff from everyone at British Wheelchair Basketball.

GB Round-up: 30th September / 1st October

CD Ilunion claimed their first Supercopa de España title and the GB Women U25 squad heads to Worlds!

CD Ilunion (Gregg Warburton, Terry Bywater) won the second edition of the Supercopa de España after a thrilling final against last year’s champions Amiab Albacete (Harry Brown, Simon Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore, Phil Pratt). For CD Ilunion, Warburton had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Bywater had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.

For Amiab Albacete in the final, Harry Brown had 1 rebound. Simon Brown had 5 points and 1 rebound. Ben Fox had 10 points and 2 rebounds. Lee Manning 9 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Charlotte Moore had 1 rebound and 1 assist. Phil Pratt had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 15 assists.

Ben Fox and Gregg Warburton were named in the All-star Five for the competition.

Bidaideak Bilbao (James MacSorley) claimed third place in the Supercopa, winning 96:44 against Fundación Aliados. MacSorley had 4 points and 1 rebound.

Elsewhere, the GB Women U25 squad arrived in Thailand, Bangkok, ahead of the IWBF Women’s U25 World Championship 2023. The squad features six players who competed across the recent Worlds and Europeans (Jade Atkin, Lucy Robinson, Maddie Martin, Adele Atkin, Ellan Fraser and Anastasia Blease) and Paralympian (Rio 2016) Katie Morrow. Keep up to date with their progress here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/iwbf-womens-u25-world-championship/

Spanish League: http://bsr.feddf.es/

German League: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/

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

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

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

Image: BWB / SA Images

GB Women U25 are ready to take on the world!

It’s almost time for the IWBF U25 World Championship to begin in Bangkok, Thailand and the GB Women U25 squad is ready for the challenges ahead.

The 2023 edition of the competition will consist of ten teams competing across two pools before heading into a knockout phases and placing games. The Championship gets underway on October 3rd, with the final taking place on October 9th. All games will be streamed via IWBF’s YouTube channel.

Head Coach George Bates commented:

“Prep is going really well; we’ve got a really tight group. They’re binding the ideas of how we want to play so looking forward to seeing what they can do when we’re out there.

“I think we’ve got a real good blend of experienced players, so a lot of these players have played this summer in major competitions for the senior team, and then we’ve got a really good core of younger players coming through. I’m looking forward to seeing how that experience and fresh ideas merge together and go out there play the way that we want to play.”

GB Women U25 fanzone: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/iwbf-womens-u25-world-championship/

Alongside the GB Women U25 heading out, a special shoutout goes to BWB Official Jan Timms who has been selected as a IWBF Games Commissioner for the Championship.

Junior Development Insight survey opens

As part of our ongoing review into how we can improve access to wheelchair basketball for Under 18s, we want to work out how we can remove barriers for young people to our sport. 

In collaboration with our research partner Enlightful, we have designed an online survey where the opinions of junior players and the parents / carers of junior players would be welcomed. This is a short, anonymous survey that closes Monday 16th October. 

The results of this survey will have a direct impact on the outcome of the review and the actions that are taken following the research period. This is your opportunity to help shape the sport and improve access to the sport for junior players.  

Complete the survey here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.surveysparrow.com/s/wheelchair-basketball-youth-voice-survey-/tt-x7gpM5rS37Mi8PXikY3j1w 

If you’re an adult player, coach, official or volunteer, we’re also looking to get your feedback on how we can improve the wheelchair basketball offer for juniors. Head over to the anonymous suggestions page here to have your say: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.surveysparrow.com/s/-Suggestions-box-junior-wheelchair-basketball/tt-iqDXUQXwiasKUBVqnvxnpf 

The first part of the Junior review took place in August at the National Junior Championships 2023, where participants were invited to speak to members of the Enlightful team at the event.  

This review has been made possible by a grant from the Commonwealth Games Legacy Fund. 

EDIT: Deadline extended to 16th October 2023

Clare Griffiths and Joe Bestwick join the British Wheelchair Basketball Board

British Wheelchair Basketball are delighted to announce the appointment of Clare Griffiths and Joe Bestwick to the board, effective from 18th September 2023.

Over the coming months throughout their first tenure, Griffiths and Bestwick will provide crucial first-hand experience in an advisory role to the Board, bringing their sport-specific expertise as retired Paralympians to the table.

Clare Griffiths is an established wheelchair basketball player with an extensive playing career, having proudly represented GB Women for 18 years and competed at an incredible five Paralympic Games. In her time with GB Women, she claimed seven Bronze medals at the European Championships and competed at four World Championships. Outside of sport, Clare has built a career in Management Consultancy, Inspirational Speaking and Experiential Learning.

Joe Bestwick is a seasoned wheelchair basketball player, having had an international career spanning 18 years. He achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold at the European Championships with GB Men, and was part of the squad that claimed Bronze at Beijing 2008. Joe now works full time at the University of Nottingham as Wheelchair Basketball Club Development Officer and Head Coach, responsible for developing the wheelchair basketball offer at UoN.

Chair of the board Jules Parke-Robinson commented:

“We’re delighted to welcome Clare and Joe to the board of British Wheelchair Basketball. Both athletes bring a wide range of skills to our board, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience of the sport, helping us to better serve the community we represent.”

Find out more about the board here: https://britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk/about/who-we-are/board/

GB athletes prepare for their 2023/24 seasons!

Find out where the GB senior athletes are playing this season coming as we take a look at club movements!

In Spain, an exciting BSR División de Honor season awaits as the clubs enter their final days of preparations. Simon Brown has made the move from German league club RSV Lahn-Dill to BSR club Amiab Albacete, where he joins GB teammates Harry Brown, Ben Fox, Lee Manning, Charlotte Moore and Phil Pratt. Defending champions Amiab Albacete appeared unstoppable last season, winning the league in dominant fashion and claiming the EuroCup Champions Cup too.

Peter Cusack signed for UCAM Murcia, joining GB Men’s teammate Lee Fryer and concluding his time at Amivel Reyes Gutierrez. Also departing the club is Lewis Edwards who has signed for Iberconsa Amfiv. Abdi Jama and Kyle Marsh continue to play for the Málaga based team.

Helen Freeman’s club Servigest Burgos head into the División de Honor following promotion at the end of last season.

Terry Bywater and Greg Warburton remain with CD Ilunion. James MacSorley continues with defending Copa del Rey champions Bidaideak Bilbao.

Departing Manchester Revolution, Sophie Carrigill heads back to the Italian FIPIC league to play for Briantea84 Cantù who compete in the top tier of the league. Over in Germany, Jim Palmer continues to build with the Rhine River Rhinos.

Joy Haizelden rejoins the University of Alabama for another season alongside her studies, defending champions of the USA collegiate league.

At home in the BWB National League Premier Division, Gaz Choudhry joins Jack Perry and Jude Hamer at London Titans, and Tyler Baines moves across to defending champions Manchester Revolution, joining Martin Edwards. Kayla Bell continues with CWBA. Further north, Maddie Thompson stays with Sheffield Steelers.

The BWB Women’s Premier League takes place later this year, where several GB Women’s athletes are set to compete – we’ll be covering any club movements!


Spanish league: http://bsr.feddf.es/ 

German league: https://rollstuhlbasketball.de/

Italian league: https://www.federipic.it/?fbclid=IwAR0MAvCMjCiGxKzOq_edUCzVqMW0FT2P6Vl953a4LAHPS-aEuzVsdspdvio 

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

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

Photos: BWB / SA Images