Great Britain's Men’s Team for Wheelchair Basketball European Championships Selected

12 Jul 2011 By IPC

Great Britain men’s Wheelchair Basketball team will travel to Israel in September to take on the best teams in Europe and Head Coach Murray Treseder has selected his side that will travel to Nazareth between 8 to 17 September.

The team will remain unchanged from the one that competed at the BT Paralympic World Cup in May, and will continue to be without Captain Jon Pollock, who will not have recovered from his shoulder injury in time. Harry Brown, who is just 16 years old, will maintain his spot after stepping up to make his senior debut at the BT Paralympic World Cup.

Prior to the European’s the team will attend the Spitfire Tournament in Ontario, Canada and the USA Invitational in Charlotte, North Carolina to ensure they are fully prepared.

GB Men’s Head Coach, Murray Treseder said, “We have chosen the strongest squad we can, we will sorely miss Jon Pollock’s leadership and experience however this will allow us to play a number of different rotations and combinations. Allowing emerging players to come through and stamp their mark in the team.

“The European Championships is full of very strong teams and it is anyone’s for the taking, no teams can be written off as was seen with France going from finishing 5th at the Europeans in 2009 onto winning silver at the World Championships in 2010.

“We expect that our preparation prior to the tournament will give us the best chance of going and being able to perform at the highest level we possibly can.”

The team consists of:

Abdi Jama (Rhinos, 1.0) (Liverpool)

Matt Byrne (Rhinos, 1.5) (Nottingham)

Peter Finbow (Owls, 2.0) (Dewsbury, Yorkshire)

Matt Sealy (Capital City, 2.0) (Maidenhead)

Ade Orogbemi (Capital City, 2.5) (Liverpool)

Harry Brown (Steelers, 2.5) (Halifax)

Jon Hall (Rhinos, 3.0) (Chesterfield)

Ian Sagar (Owls, 3.0) (Barnsley)

Simon Munn (Capital City, 4.0) (Peacehaven, Sussex)

Gaz Choudhry (Capital City, 4.0) (Ealing, London)

Terry Bywater (Steelers, 4.5) (Redcar, Middlesborough)

Dan Highcock (Rhinos, 4.5) (St Helens)