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Three Worcester Students Named in Great Britain Squad for European Championships

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Three University of Worcester students have been named among the Great Britain womenís squad for the forthcoming European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

Sophie Carrigill will captain the side, while Jude Hamer and Jordanna Bartlett have also been included in Head Coach Miles Thompsonís twelve-player squad.

The University of Worcester Arena will host both the Menís and Womenís European Championships during August and September; ten days of action which will see the British teams do battle with their continental counterparts for the title of European champion, and to secure a crucial qualifying place for the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships forms part of UK Sportís National Lottery funded #EveryRoadtoRio events series which supports the nationís athletes in their preparation and qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Womenís GB team will be looking to build on the bronze medal which they won in the Frankfurt European Championships in 2013, as they look to negotiate the opening round-robin stage and, in the latter rounds, secure one of four qualification slots for Rio.

Ahead of this weekís Continental Clash international tournament at the University Arena, Thompson has named his team for the Championships. The team in full is (classifications in brackets):

Sophie Carrigill (1.0)

Clare Griffiths (nee Strange) (1.5)

Charlotte Moore (1.5)

Leah Evans (2.5)

Joy Haizelden (2.5)

Laurie Williams (2.5)

Jordanna Bartlett (3.0)

Robyn Love (3.5)

Amy Conroy (4.0)

Helen Freeman (4.0)

Judith Hamer (4.0)

Katie Morrow (4.5)

Miles Thompson says: ďIím excited about this team; itís full of potential and itís fun to work with potential. Itís filled with some seasoned players and some emerging players that I think are really on the cusp of finding their game, finding out who they are as basketball players Ė and that journeyís always exciting. The squad is filled with talent.

ďOur goal for the European Championships is to do something that hasnít been done and thatís get to the final. Obviously you have to go through the Germans and the Dutch who are the benchmark Ė we want to be the benchmark.Ē

To deliver the event, British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) has also teamed up with key partner the University of Worcester, with invaluable support from the Worcestershire County Council, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Further information on the Championships, and details of how to purchase tickets, can be found at www.euro2015.uk.