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Local Wheelchair Basketball Player James MacSorely Claims Double World Champion Title

Fri 31st August 2018

It's official our very own James MacSorley from Belfast is now a double world champion having helped secure Gold for Team GB at the Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg this August. 

Following his incredible debut on the GB Junior Squad two years ago when they claimed Gold at the Junior World Championships James went on to be the first ever male from NI to represent GB on the Men's Senior Squad at the World Championships where the team claimed their first ever World Title in the tournament.  Following an unrivaled performance throughout the whole championships GB claimed their title against USA in the final with a win of 79-62.

In Northern Ireland James plays for the NI Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club and the Northern Ireland Wheelchair Basketball Team. Recently he relocated to join the GB system and also now plays for the Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball Club. 

James MacSorely is delighted with his win saying, "Winning the world championships was an experience I'll never forget. I've worked very hard for a very long time and a lot of people have put their time and effort behind helping me get here, and to be able to repay their faith in me by winning a gold medal on the world stage is amazing, especially coming from northern Ireland to make it into the GB team."

Kevin O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer at Disability Sport NI congratulates James saying, "We are delighted to see James excel in wheelchair basketball. James has been dedicated to the sport from a very young age and not only pushes himself for excellence but acts as a positive role model to the younger players. 

Having a double world champion from Northern Ireland is a fantastic testemant to the development of wheelchair basketball in this country and we hope that it encourages others to get involved."