Please see below news on some of Disability Sport NI's recent activities and programme updates. If you have a media enquiry, please contact our office by telephoning: 028 9046 9925 or email:

James MacSorley makes wheelchair basketball history in Toronto

  • Sat 17th June 2017

History was made in Toronto as the GB junior men claim gold at the U23 World Championships 2017.

NI Wheelchair Basketball player James MacSorley was selected in April for the Mens GB team to compete at the U23 World Championships 2017 and in what was a dramatic gold medal game against Turkey, the GB men took the Championship title following four quarters of incredible play.

The game pushed the GB men's team to dig deep and come together to hold back Turkey's powerful offensive play in the opening quarter. Coming back from a two point deficit at the close of the first half, they turned the game around taking the lead in the third and final quarters.
With quick passing and playing to individual strengths, the squad's cohesion and ability to work together guaranteed strong opposition against Turkey.

Disability Sport NI's, Wheelchair Basketball Performance Officer, Phil Robinson comments, "James and the team were tremendous, showed great team ethic and I have no doubt that he will have a very bright future as well as the junior players moving on to senior pathways. We are delighted that James is moving into senior prospects, showing the strenth of our Northern Irish pathway."

Charlie Bethel, Chief Executive, British Wheelchair Basketball added, "What an absolutely amazing result for our World Champions. My congratulations go to all the players, staff and coaching staff as well as the team behind them. This was a fantastic demonstration of elite sport, of hard work paying off and an inspiring performance. Clearly this is a testament to all we are doing working with our regions and clubs in building a sustainable talent pathway. Well done to everyone. You are world champions for life."

James MacSorley holding Gold Cup ayt Mens U23 World Championships     James hugging coach Phil Robinson