Preview: Lord's Taverners Wheelchair Basketball Junior Championships 2017
The Lord's Taverners National Junior Wheelchair Basketball Championships will be taking place in Worcester over the weekend.
On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 August close to 200 talented junior wheelchair basketball players from across England and the Home Countries will take part in the Championships with titles at U15 and U19 level up for grabs.
The U19 Division squads includes four of the newly crowned junior men’s World Champions Lee Fryer (Yorks), Sam Mack (East), Peter Cusack (West Midlands) and Lewis Edwards (South East). Alongside these rising stars are GB Paralympians Joy Haizelden (West Midlands), Katie Morrow (Northern Ireland) and Charlotte Moore (West Midlands) and GB Senior Women’s Team member Siobhan Fitzpatrick (West Midlands) and Sophie Paterson (West Midlands).
Pool stage competitions will take place on Saturday 5 August with the play-offs and medal games taking place on Sunday 6 August. All of the regions tend to offer stiff competition, with no one region dominating the gold medal position at the Championships. Scotland and West Midlands triumphed in the U15 and U19 titles respectively in 2016.
Junior Championships veteran and GB Women’s Senior Squad member Siobhan Fitzpatrick is excited about the forthcoming weekend of wheelchair basketball action and commented: “This is such a fundamental championships in identifying new young talent for British Wheelchair Basketball. To know that you are competing in a tournament where legends of this sport developed their skills – going through a selection process and playing alongside our peers from the region adds a real prestige to the Championships.
Jo Richards, Development Director for British Wheelchair Basketball holds the Lord’s Taverners National Junior Championships close to her heart: “The Championships never fails to deliver highly competitive games, back to back action and the opportunity to watch some of the wheelchair basketball’s stars of the future."
She was also full of praise for the role played by the Lord's Taverners in oraganising the championships saying "as well as being the funding partner for our Junior Development Programme, Lord’s Taverners has been a true advocate of supporting young people to find opportunities within wheelchair basketball and we thank them for their continued support.”
The Lord’s Taverners Junior Championships schedule and team lists are available online at the British Wheelchair Basketball website.