Castleford star Evans selected for Great Britain Women's wheelchair basketball squad

The Great Britain squad at the Hamburg 2018 World Championships
The Great Britain squad at the Hamburg 2018 World Championships

Castleford's Leah Evans has been selected for Great Britain Women’s wheelchair basketball squad ahead of the 2019 European Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The 12-strong team will be aiming to realise two ambitions at the tournament, which runs from June 30 to July 7: Achieve a podium finish and secure qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.

Six nations will be going for honours in Rotterdam, including world champions and hosts, the Netherlands and Rio Paralympic silver medallists, Germany.

The GB Women’s squad selection stays almost intact from the Hamburg 2018 World Championships team that secured a historic silver medal, with the exception of Leah Evan’s inclusion in the line-up.

The team are hungry to improve on their long-standing European Championship bronze medal run of six consecutive championships, and as current World Championship silver medallists the squad has never been in better shape to take on Europe. The team will be looking to repeat Hamburg’s success and will be focused on earning a spot in the coveted gold medal game.

Presenting today’s squad announcement, British Wheelchair Basketball’s Performance Director Jayne Ellis outlined the squad’s ambitions for the forthcoming European Championships, saying: “We are under no illusions – Europe is an incredibly strong zone with some of the titans of women’s wheelchair basketball heading to the 2019 European Championships.

“Undeniably the competition will be fierce, but we are prepared and ready for the fight. Our GB Women’s squad is a tight unit both on and off the court; this makes them incredibly effective communicators and they draw strength from one another when it matters most.

“Our approach to the championships will be simple – one game at a time, laying down our best performance every time, whether it is a pool game or medal game.”

This sentiment is echoed by British Wheelchair Basketball’s Chief Executive, Lisa Pearce, who added: “The European Championships plays out during an incredible summer of women’s team sport and promises to deliver an outstanding spectator experience for all sports fans.

“The UK fan support for women’s wheelchair basketball has been exceptional this season, with a record number of viewers tuning in to watch our domestic Women’s League live broadcast games.

“It is clear that there is an appetite for high quality women’s team sport and wheelchair basketball is no exception. We are looking forward to welcoming new fans to our journey during the 2019 Europeans and onto the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. Fans will be able to keep up-to-date with our GB Women’s Progress throughout the tournament via the British Wheelchair Basketball website.”