Great Britain U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team claim place in World’s top four
Great Britain’s U23 Wheelchair Basketball Team claimed a place in the World’s top four after battling their way to the bronze medal game at the World Championships 2013 in Adana, Turkey (7 – 14 September).
Although there was heartbreak for the GB U23 Team as they were edged out in the final seconds of their Bronze medal match against Australia, losing by just one basket, they still matched the best ever finish of a British team in the competition.
The impressive performances from Great Britain, coming on the back of the incredible support that The Lord’s Taverners has provided to junior wheelchair basketballers over the past five years, saw the team cement the nation’s position as a current and future world force.
GB U23’s Captain and Taverners ambassador, Richard Sargent said, “It was heart breaking to lose by just one basket for the second time in my international career. However we matched the best success of any other GB U23 team by coming 4th in the World, I’m so proud of all the team and it was a pleasure captaining them throughout tournament.
“The support we received from back home was fantastic and really pushed us, we are just sorry we couldn’t bring home that medal for everyone.”
GB Team list:
Jim Palmer (1, GLL & Aspire London Titans) - Taverners ambassador
James MacSorley (1.5, Belfast Knights) - Taverners ambassador
Gregg Warburton (2, Manchester Mavericks)
Harry Brown (2.5, Leeds Spiders)
Richard Sargent (2.5, Jaguars) (Captain) - Taverners ambassador
Steven Ross (2.5, Lothian Phoenix) - Taverners ambassador
Philip Pratt (3, Cardiff Celts) - Taverners ambassador
Billy Bridge (3, Vikings) - Taverners ambassador
Ben Fox (3, CWBA) - TASS
Charlie Fryer-Stevens (3.5, Vikings) - Taverners ambassador
Jack Perry (4.5, Bury Bombers)
George Bates (4.5, Leicester Cobras)
Click here to view the World U23 Championship Results.