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GB internationals begin club season in Germany

GB internationals Simon Brown and Jim Palmer began their 2019/20 club seasons in Germany over the weekend, with mixed fortunes for the 2018 World Championships winning pair.

Less than a month after being part of the GB team which secured European gold, Brown was back on court, helping RSV Lahn-Dill to an opening weekend victory in the top division in Germany.

The 33-year-old was solid in defence and attack, scoring four points, including two out of two free throws, as RSV Lahn-Dill started with an 83-61 win over Hannover United.

There was no such joy for Palmer as his Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden side suffered a narrow defeat away at Baskets 96 Rahden.

The 22-year-old scored two points and collected two rebounds, but that wasn’t enough to stop the hosts winning 72-60.

The opening game of the season marked the start of a busy week for the GB pair, with back-to-back league games this Thursday (3 October) and Saturday (5 October).

Brown’s RSV Lahn-Dill host BG Baskets Hamburg on Thursday and travel to Baskets 96 Rahden on Saturday.

Palmer’s Rhine River Rhinos Wiesbaden play Doneck Dolphins Trier at home, before travelling to RBB Iguanas Munich, two days later.

The majority of the GB men’s squad have still got a couple more weeks until their club seasons start, with the Spanish League beginning on 19 October and the Italian League on 9 November.

Find out which team each GB player is representing this season by visiting their profile page.

Information on the European Leagues featuring GB players can be found below:

Spanish League

German League

Italian League

GB Men’s Head Coach recognised at Asian Achievers Awards

As the Great Britain men’s wheelchair basketball team celebrated another European title earlier this month, there was more reason to celebrate for Head Coach Haj Bhania OBE, whose dedication, influence and achievements within the sport were once again recognised.

The GB Head Coach was named Sports Personality of the Year at the 19th annual Asian Achievers Awards, which recognises the outstanding work of individuals from across all businesses and professions.

With the awards ceremony taking place at the same time as the Men’s European Championships in Poland, Haj’s sister Raj collected the award at the ceremony on his behalf.

The latest accolade continues a year of deserved recognition for Haj, who received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June; two months after being named Coach of the Year at the Sporting Equals British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards in April.

Commenting on his latest award, the GB Men’s Head Coach thanked those who have supported him, including the GB team:

“I’m surprised and very pleased to have been nominated for and be awarded the Asian Achievers SPoTY Award.

“As always, these are not achieved without the great support I receive from British Wheelchair Basketball and family. My thanks in particular go to the great athletes I am fortunate to be working with and their support and their achievements.

“Thank you to the Asian Achievers Awards panel and organisation for their nomination and support.”