This Continental Clash tipped off at EIS Sheffield yesterday – the only International world-class performance wheelchair basketball tournament hosted in Britain.
The five day competition is the latest event in Great Britain’s preparation for the 2018 Hamburg World Championships.
Great Britain’s women take to the court this week against stiff competition: Canada, Japan, Netherlands and Germany have all travelled to Sheffield.
For Siobhan Fitzpatrick the tournament marks an important phase of the team’s preparations, ahead of what will be the 2015 Women’s U25 World Championship winner’s first senior World Championship.
“The Continental Clash is a tournament that always created much excitement for the girls,” exclaimed Fitzpatrick.
“Being able to host the tournament and play on a court where we have really started to create an identity gives us all a great boost.
“Playing at home really gives us that extra passion needed to compete with the world’s best.
“Training for the Clash went extremely well and the tournament is the latest milestone of a summer schedule that will ensure we are best prepared for the World Championships.
“We are playing some of our best ever basketball at the moment and we want to ensure that we continue to grow as a unit as the summer continues.
“Everything has been built with an eye on Worlds – it’s a platform that allows us to show the world that GB really does have what it takes to make history and bring home a medal.
“A ‘We before Me’ approach in everything we do will be the foundation for any success this summer.”