Wheelchair basketball ambassadors set for Rio
Final preparations are underway for athletes in the British Wheelchair Basketball squads for the Paralympics and the Lord’s Taverners ambassadors who will be heading to Rio and looking to come home with a medal.
In partnership with British Wheelchair Basketball, the Lord’s Taverners Junior League and National Junior Championships (U15 and U19's) make significant contributions to the continued development of junior wheelchair basketball by creating multiple opportunities for young and aspiring athletes who use a wheelchair in the UK.
Last year, 344 athletes took part in the junior league and with the Team GB wheelchair basketball squads dominated by players who have come through the competition or have directly benefited from grants from the Lord’s Taverners, the competition has also become part of the pathway into the elite level of the sport.
The men’s and women’s squads are littered with players who have been part of the junior leagues. This also includes ambassadors in Lee Manning, Kyle Marsh and Harry Brown in the men’s squad and Amy Conroy, Jude Hamer, Laurie Williams and Robyn Love who have been direct beneficiaries of equipment from the Lord’s Taverners.
The wheelchair basketball competition in Rio runs from Thursday 8 September through until Saturday 17 September, and we’ll be following the progress of our ambassadors throughout the tournament.