A formidable figure with extensive reach, GB’s Lee Manning is a force to be reckoned with on any wheelchair basketball court.
Peterborough’s Lee Manning started playing wheelchair basketball at the end of 2005 after experiencing the sport in a taster session at his school.
Just three months after joining local club the Peterborough Phoenix, the 4.5 player was invited to attend his first GB Junior Camp – earning a call-up for his first international tournament: representing Great Britain at the 2006 U22 European Championships.
After assisting Great Britain to silver at the U22 European Championships, Lee was quickly fast tracked into the GB senior team and soon made his debut for the GB Men. He played at tournaments such as the BT Paralympic World Cup and tours across Europe and Australia.
In addition, on the domestic scene, Lee continued to improve and played for the RGK Rhinos Super League team before moving clubs and playing a key part in assisting the Sheffield Steelers to winning the IWBF Europe Challenge Cup 2012.
Lee’s good form for his clubs carried over to the national team and he narrowly missed out on selection for the London 2012 Paralympics being named as first reserve.
During the 2012/2013 season Lee obtained his first professional contract for Italian Club Santo Stefano, making an impact on the Italian League topping the Field Goal percentage (63%) and helping Santo Stefano to finish in the final four for the first time in 5 years.
In 2014, Lee made his major debut for Great Britain at the 2014 World Championships and, the following year, assisted the GB Men to European gold and a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games where the team brought home the bronze medal.
At GB’s historic title winning 2018 World Championships, Lee secured multiple opportunities for the GB Team’s advancement through the tournament as a key point scorer and under the opposition basket.
Off court Lee is a qualified Grade 2 wheelchair basketball coach and enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to young junior athletes at his local club and those who are looking to follow in his path up to elite level.
2018 World Championships, Hamburg, Germany – Gold
2017 European Championships, Tenerife, Spain – Silver
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio, Brazil – Bronze
2015 European Championships, Worcester, UK – Gold
2014 World Championships, Incheon, South Korea – 7th