Brown named in Great Britain men’s squad for 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 July 2018

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

The latest news from the local basketball scene (pic: Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Kingsbury-born player, Simon Brown has been named in the GB men’s squad for the 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which take place in Hamburg, Germany next month.

32-year-old Brown was described by the coach as a quick, agile and committed defender who can create opportunities for the team both on and off the ball.

The squad boasts vast experience including eight of the 12 athletes who represented ParalympicsGB at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio where the team returned home with a bronze medal.

The team head into the World Championships in excellent form, following a successful outcome at British Wheelchair Basketball’s recent Continental Clash at EIS Sheffield in which the GB men ended the tournament undefeated, with the final game against Canada streamed live on BBC Sport Online for the first time in the history of the tournament.

Held a month before the start of the World Championships, the Continental Clash is seen as a vital preparation tournament for those nations competing, with teams taking the chance to work on different systems and line-ups.

Haj Bhania, Head Coach of the GB Men’s team, said: “I believe that we have a strong team and our strength is that we are a squad of multi-skilled athletes which creates depth in the team and versatility in our style of play.

“This is a group of committed players that combine youth and experience and have the collective ambition to perform for Great Britain.

“We’ve got a tough pool – undoubtedly the USA will be a very difficult team to face as the current Paralympic champions.”

The 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships take place in Hamburg, Germany from August 16-26.

Great Britain face 2014 World Championship runners-up USA, South Korea and Poland in Pool B.

Great Britain Squad: Gaz Choudry, Simon Brown, James Macsorley, Terry Bywater, George Bates, Harry Brown, Abdi Jama, Phil Pratt, Gregg Warburton, Martin Edwards, Lee Manning, Jim Palmer.

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