Congratulations to Josh Graham, Peter Lewis and Conn Nagle of the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club and Northern Ireland Wheelchair Basketball Team on being chosen for the U23 GB selection for its 2017 Christmas Training Camp.
Phil Robinson, Wheelchair Basketball Performance Officer at Disability Sport NI congratulates the players, "It’s a great achievement for the guys and testament to the hard work and dedication of both the players and the coaches within the Northern Ireland programme and the Knights Wheelchair Basketball club."
The Camp will be hosted alongside the men’s senior training camp at the GB Elite Training Centre, EIS Sheffield, and will be held Monday 18th December to Thursday 21st December.
The selection announcement sees six members of the historic U23 World Championship Team return to GB Camp. Training alongside these junior stars will be 17 GB debutants, who have secured their first camp call up.
These young players from across England and each of the Home Countries will be training for the opportunity to represent the nation, and commence their journey through the selection process for the U23 GB European Championship Team.
Impressed by the wealth of talent progressing through British Wheelchair Basketball’s National League clubs, and confident of a successful future for the GB U23 Team, Head Coach Scott Wallace Commented:
"The Junior programme is continuing to pull through some great potential. It is important that we continue to build on our success at the World Championships and bring players in.
“We have an opportunity this year to consolidate and integrate new players whilst looking forward to the European Championships on the horizon in the summer of 2018."
Simon Fisher, British Wheelchair Basketball’s Talent Development Officer echoed Scott’s sentiments and added:
"The selected squad is a testament to the clubs, home nations and regions that have been developing players through the performance pathway. The coaches have selected a squad with a focus on both the Europeans next summer, and an eye on starting the development path towards the next World Championships in 2021.
“I would like to thank all the club coaches involved for the hard work in helping to develop these players.”
GB U23 Men:
Jim Palmer Rhine River Rhinos
Sameer Rehman CWBA
Dagan Roberts Sheffield Steelers
David Hird St Mirren Warriors
Jake Robinson Shropshire Warriors
Alex Mitton GLL & London Titans
Dan May CWBA
Sam Mack CWBA
Lanre Sowami Tornados
Sam Lemon Exeter Otters
Callum Doherty Manchester Mavericks / Lancaster Spinners
David Beattie CWSC Panthers / Lancaster Whirlers
Sam Law West Coast Warriors
Tom Tobin Tornados
Oliver Griffith-Salter CWBA
Josh Graham Northern Ireland WBC
Will Bonner Sheffield Steelers
Finley Tonner Manchester Mavericks / Lancaster Spinners
Lewis Edwards Tornados
Peter Lewis Northern Ireland WBC
Matt Travers CWBA
Conn Nagle NI Knights / Northern Ireland WBC
Peter Cusack CWBA
Tom Barnes Sheffield Steelers
Josh Manson RGK Tees Valley Titans
Jack Barlow North Wales Knights
Cameron O’Connor London Allstars
Lee Fryer Sheffield Steelers
Aaron Grant The Bears
Jon Dunn The Owls
Ben Leitch Lothian Phoenix / Phoenix Dragons