The Great Britain U24 women’s squad have delivered an outstanding tournament at the 2018 Women’s U24 European Championships in Bordeaux and clearly laid down their world-class credentials on the European stage as they defeated Germany in the final game, 48-27, to retain their European title.

Undefeated throughout the tournament, the 2018 European Championships witnessed the GB women dominate the courts in Villenave-d’Ornon, France as they battled France and Germany for the coveted title.

Three of the gold medal winning team were also named in the tournament All-Star 5: Maddie Thompson (4.0), Joy Haizelden (2.5) and Charlotte Moore (1.0) joined alongside France’s Grâce Wembolua (4.0) and Germany’s Catharina Weiß (1.5).

Following the Gold Medal game GB U24 Captain Joy Haizelden commented:

 “This tournament saw everyone working together as a team; some of the newer girls being integrated with some of the older ones with more experience which has helped us so much – they are learning from us and we are learning from them as well.”

Delighted by his team’s win, GB U24 Head Coach Dan Price echoed Joy’s sentiment and added:

 “We are two time defending U24 European Champions – I could not be more proud of the group that we have played in France. As Joy mentioned it’s a mixed group with some senior members and some junior members, and the integration of those two working together is key.

“We’ve only been together for a very short amount of time, we still have a lot to learn about one another – we are still very raw but this is just the tip of the iceberg and we are very excited for the journey going forward.  We still have a lot of work to do going into World Championships but we are looking forward to getting back to work.”

All three teams progress through to the Women’s U24 World Championships set to take place next year.

Final Standings

  1. Great Britain
  2. Germany
  3. France

Text and Photo courtesy of British Wheelchair Basketball

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