Condolences on the passing of Ahmed Sinno

British Wheelchair Basketball are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Ahmed Sinno, a dedicated member of Brixton Ballers Wheelchair Basketball Club.

Brixton Ballers paid tribute via their Instagram:
“If there was ever a player that embodied the passion and spirit of Brixton Ballers it was Ahmed.

“He was a team player who was true to himself on court, never afraid to say what he felt but always there to help and assist others. He was one of us and we will miss him dearly.”

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 

British Wheelchair Basketball announces the appointment of Diccon Edwards as its new Performance Director

A critical appointment for the National Governing Body, Edwards will be instrumental in driving forward the delivery of British Wheelchair Basketball’s ambitious Paris Strategy. 

He will oversee the facilitation of a strategy that aims to deliver complete system change across the sports high performance landscape; with a clear focus on developing more elite level coaches, identifying and developing a greater breadth and depth of wheelchair basketball talent, and embedding and developing positive cultures and behaviours throughout the GB Programme. Alongside this he will lead the GB teams in their journey to realise international medal successes through to Paris and Beyond.

Excellently qualified to lead this change programme and performance success, Edwards brings to the role extensive elite sport experience from both his professional career within UK Sport and The English Institute of Sport, as well as his accomplished Rugby Union and League playing career.  

His career includes roles as Paralympic Coach Advisor for UK Sport during the Rio 2016 cycle and into the Tokyo 2020 cycle, and most recently his current post as Head of Coach Development at UK Sport.

Edwards will take up post from 1st July 2022, as the GB Performance Programme focuses its training programme on the November World Championships and retaining the Men’s Title as well as securing a podium finish for the GB Women’s Team.

British Wheelchair Basketball CEO, Lisa Pearce commented on the appointment:

“This is a critical moment for our sport, and the appointment of an individual with Diccon’s experience within elite and para sport will be vital in effecting positive cultural change as well as delivering our medal targets. His extensive knowledge of the sector, and his personal experience of team sport and coaching will bring a unique perspective to the Performance Director role.

“The athletes and staff are all delighted to welcome Diccon to the team and are looking forward to working with him to realise the true potential of our sport both domestically and internationally.

On his appointment, Diccon Edwards said:

“It is a privilege to be offered the opportunity to lead the Performance programme and build on the recent successes within the sport. We have a clear vision and strategy to be the leading Wheelchair Basketball nation, to both grow and develop the player pathway and achieve consistent medal success and I am excited to be able to play a part in the future with the team of players and staff”

Ben Fox ends weekend as GB’s leading scorer as athletes return to action

A reduced fixture list in Spain and Germany’s top divisions saw six clubs featuring GB players return to action during the opening gameweek of 2021 as 10 GB athletes got what could be a busy year on court underway. 

Ben Fox was the weekend’s top-scoring GB player, posting a joint game-high points total of 17 points in BSR Amiab Albacete’s 57:61 win over Fundacion Aliados. Fox’s points tally was also his joint-highest total of the season so far, and he was one of four GB internationals to feature for Albacete on Saturday. 

Harry Brown recorded his season’s best points total with 11 points, including a three-pointer, while Lee Manning added 10 points to Albacete’s total along with 13 rebounds, the game’s joint-highest. Kyle Marsh was also in action, beginning 2021 with four points. 

The win sees Albacete move up to second in the Division de Honor table, one point behind league leaders Bidaideak Bilbao BSR and a point ahead of their weekend opponents and Mideba Extremadura, who have played a game less. 

Abdi Jama passed 100 points for the season, with his latest score of 14 points helping Amivel move up to sixth after their 71:54 win against Servigest Burgos. GB Academy athlete Will Bonner was in action for Burgos, scoring seven points. 

There was also a British head-to-head clash in Germany as Peter Cusack and Thomas Smith lined-up against Jim Palmer’s Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden for Baskets 96 Rahden. 

Cusack and Smith scored six and two points, respectively, as Rahden claimed a 66:62 victory in a close game with the scores tied heading into the final quarter. Palmer added four points to Wiesbaden’s total. 

Helen Freeman’s RSB Thuringia Bulls remain four points clear at the top of the RBBL1 table – their latest victory coming against ING Skywheelers (58:71), with Freeman scoring two points. 

Most Points (GB Players) 

17 – Ben Fox (Albacete; Spain) 

14 – Abdi Jama (Amivel; Spain) 

11 – Harry Brown (Albacete; Spain) 

Most Assists (GB Players) 

4 – Abdi Jama (Amivel; Spain) 

3 – Ben Fox (Albacete; Spain) 

2 – Lee Manning (Albacete; Spain) 

Most Rebounds (GB Players) 

13 – Lee Manning (Albacete; Spain) 

8 – Harry Brown (Albacete; Spain) 

6 – Thomas Smith (Rahden; Germany) 

GB Men secure Tokyo qualification and a place in the semi-finals

All eyes were firmly focused on the wheelchair basketball courts of Poland yesterday as the GB Men took to court to secure their Paralympic qualification. A dominant win over France saw the GB men’s team deliver an impressive 42pt victory over their opposition.

Decisive play from the World Championship team never left any doubt regarding their determination to qualify for Tokyo and deliver their sixth successive win of the tournament.

GB’s #8 George Bates was on fire with his on-point scoring; with just 13 minutes played during the quarter final game, the 4.5 player added 18pts to the scoreboard with an impressive shooting average.

Their win against France sees the men progress to face current European Champions Turkey in the tournament’s Semi-Finals. The two teams have a fierce history so undoubtedly today’s Semi-Final promises to be an epic battle. Watch the action unfold live.

The GB Men have certainly made their presence felt at the 2019 European Championships delivering impressive and decisive wins so far:

Pool Games

ITA v GBR (54-76)

GBR v SUI (90-35)

AUS v GBR (39-95)

GBR v POL (83-61)

GBR v GER (75-58)


GBR v FRA (93-51)

Team Deadline Reminder

Teams wishing to enter the British Wheelchair Basketball Leagues must be registered by Sunday 14 July 2019.

This includes all teams for National Cup, National League, Junior League and Women’s League. Clubs will need to first affiliate to British Wheelchair Basketball to be able to enter teams into the leagues.

For the first time Club Administrators will be able to register their clubs and teams via British Wheelchair Basketball’s Digital System.

Support is on hand for any clubs who have questions or require direction with the new system. The BWB Team have put together two helpful user guides for members and clubs to guide their journey through the new system:

For anyone wishing to speak with a BWB Team Member directly please either call 01509 279900 or email membership@britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk

Registration Timeline:

Wednesday 3rd July – British Wheelchair Basketball Online Portal, App and Website publicly launched to membership. Membership age lowered to minimum age of five years old.

  • Members can purchase adult and junior membership
  • Members can apply for licences (player, coach, referee, table official, etc)
  • Members can join club communities and apply to join teams.

Sunday 7th July – Club affiliation deadline for clubs.

Sunday 14th July – Team entry deadline for clubs.

Sunday 1st September – Teams must have a minimum of eight players to be eligible for entry. 

Monday 2nd September – British Wheelchair Basketball begins issuing classification cards for the forthcoming season.  

GB Qualify for 2019 European Championship Final

Dramatic scenes played out on the European Championship courts this afternoon as a relentless GB Women’s Team defeated Germany to earn a place in the final.

Making history once more, the GB Women’s team are the first in the sports history to qualify for a European Championships Final. In scenes reminiscent of last year’s World Championships the GB team beat a strong German side by just one point, in an incredible game which had both spectators and viewers on the edge of their seats.

GB once again will face The Netherlands in a major final. A squad united in their fierce determination to achieve European Championships success will undoubtedly be a formidable opponents for The Netherlands.

Watch the game live at 2pm (BST) on Sunday 7 July via BBC Sport Online