British Wheelchair Basketball has already enjoyed a historic 2018 World Wheelchair Basketball Championships; both the Men’s and Women’s teams reaching their respective finals in emphatic style.
In what is undoubtedly a pivotal moment in time for women’s team sports in the UK, the GB women’s wheelchair basketball squad is well and truly reinforcing the point for female Paralympic team sport at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg. Their dominant 23 point win over Germany (60-37) secured the team its first ever medal game at the tournament; their highest placing to-date being 5th at the 2014 World Championships.
The GB men were quick to follow the women’s team to secure their gold medal game placing, punishing Iran with a 23pt advantage to deliver the win (86-63). Led by new Captain Phil Pratt the GB men’s team was determined to qualify for a gold medal game, having not seen one since 2002.
“It is the first time we have been in a final since 2002 which is a huge achievement for the boys and for the women too makes it even more phenomenal,” began Pratt.
“Going into that semi-final game against Iran it was only them and the USA who were undefeated so far in this Championships, so we couldn’t take anything for granted or as a given.
“In our last game against the USA they beat us by 7 points, however we were up for majority of the game. The USA are the best team in the world at the minute and I don’t think they have lost a game in 4 years – in friendlies, the Paralympics or even the American qualifiers as well. We will be bringing our A Game to court on Sunday for the final.”
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