Helen

Freeman

#7

Age: 30 years

Home Town: Watford

Current Club:

Classification: 4.0

Twitter: @helen_freeman

Instagram: @helenfreeman7

Biography

Helen Freeman has represented Great Britain at three Paralympic Games (2008, 2012 & 2016), including London 2012 where the Watford native was the GB Women’s leading points’ scorer, within the competition’s top 10 players for points per game, and in the top three for assists per game.

Four year’s previously, Helen was the youngest athlete to be selected for the wheelchair basketball team at the Beijing 2008 Games when she earned her call-up, aged only 18.

A six-time European bronze medallist, the 4.0 player has thrice assisted the GB Women to their highest ever placing at a World Championships: earning the sixth spot in 2010 (Birmingham, UK) before building to an historical fifth place at the 2014 Championships in Canada and more recently securing the silver medal at the 2018 World Championships.

At the 2014 World Championships, Helen was the competition’s third top scorer; second in assists per game; sixth in rebounds per game, and had one of the highest free throw percentages in the tournament.

The following year, at the 2015 European Championships, Helen was statistically the tournament’s most efficient player.

In addition to her success on the senior international circuit, the University of Illinois graduate (major: Kinesiology) is also a highly decorated junior having won several medals with GB U22 Team and captaining the GB Women’s U25 Team to World Bronze in Canada in 2011 and silver at the 2013 U25 European Championships, where she was named to the All-Star team.

Whilst at the University of Illinois, Helen combined academic and athletic endeavours with great success, graduating with an Undergraduate degree in Kinesiology in May 2014 with High Honors. Helen then went on to completed a Master of Science degree in Business Administration the following year, graduating in August 2015. She was an Athletic All-American all five years as well as an Academic All-American for three years.

Major Results:

2019 European Championships, Rotterdam, Netherlands – Silver
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Silver
2017 European Championships, Tenerife, Spain – Bronze
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio, Brazil – 4th
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – Bronze
2014 World Championships, Toronto, Canada – 5th
2013 European Championships, Frankfurt, Germany – Bronze
2012 Paralympic Games, London – 7th
2011 European Championships, Nazareth, Israel – Bronze
2011 Under 25 World Championships, Toronto – Bronze
2010 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Birmingham, UK – 6th
2009 FSB European Championships, Stoke Mandeville, UK – Bronze
2008 Paralympic Games, Beijing – 8th
2007 European Championships, Wetzlar, Netherlands –Bronze

GB Women's Team Player - Helen Freeman