The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games take place on August 24th to September 5th 2021
GB head to Tokyo for the delayed 2020 Games looking to win their first Paralympic medal in Wheelchair Basketball. After a historic fourth place finish in Rio in 2016, (a 78–89 loss in the semi finals to eventual Gold medal winners the USA) the team continued to build on that success in their subsequent competitions. They were silver medallists at both the 2018 World Championships in Germany and the 2019 European Championships, which saw the Netherlands take Gold in both competitions.
As the pandemic put the sports world on hold during 2020, the players had to adapt their training whilst at home. Jude Hamer used a homemade roller system to train in her chair thanks to some creativity from her Dad! On her Youtube channel Robyn Love shared a series of ball-handling sessions called ‘Love Handles’ to encourage people to practice without a court, while Sophie Carrigill joined Parasport’s Inclusive Home Workout Zone webinar where she discussed how to keep active at home.
GB have recently completed a camp at Loughborough and should be feeling confident that they will pick up where they left off in 2019, as they keep the core team from those Championships together. 11 of the 12 players from the European Championship will be in Tokyo including Amy Conroy, who led GB in scoring and was sixth overall in the competition with 14.7 points per game, alongside Laurie Williams who averaged a competition best 2.3 steals at the tournament. Robyn Love is back for her second Paralympic Games after making her debut in Rio. Love had a strong showing at the European Championships grabbing 6.1 rebounds per game and adding 11.4 ppg.
Having been drawn in Group A, GB will take on Japan, Germany and Australia. Group B sees Rio Gold medallists the USA drawn against current World Champions the Netherlands, China, Spain and Algeria. GB’s game against Germany, (Silver medallists in Rio and Gold in London) who are led by Captain Mareike Miller (22.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg at the European Championships), will be one of the key matchups to watch and is at one of the more UK friendly times of 12.30pm!
GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Roster Tokyo 2020:
#4 Charlotte Moore
#5 Sophie Carrigill
#6 Kayla Bell
#7 Helen Freeman
#8 Laurie Williams
#9 Jude Hamer
#10 Amy Conroy (Co-Captain)
#11 Maddie Thompson (Co-Captain)
#12 Lucy Robinson
#13 Siobhan Fitzpatrick
#14 Joy Haizelden
#15 Robyn Love
When to watch GB Women Group Stage:
25 Aug. 14:45 – 18:45 JST (06:45 BST) Women’s Preliminary Round Group A, Great Britain vs Canada
26 Aug. 9:00 – 13:00 JST (03:15 BST) Women’s Preliminary Round Group A, Japan vs Great Britain
27 Aug. 20:30 – 22:15 JST (12:30 BST) Women’s Preliminary Round Group A, Great Britain vs Germany
28 Aug. 20:30 – 22:15 JST (12:30 BST) Women’s Preliminary Round Group A, Australia vs Great Britain
Channel 4 and More 4 will be broadcasting coverage of the Paralympics. They have confirmed there will be 16 live streams on its Paralympics Microsite, showing over 1,000 hours of the Games.
Earlier this year FocusHoops caught up with Robyn Love to talk all things Wheelchair Basketball including the newly announced British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League and her preparation for the Paralympics. The Premier League is the first of its kind for women’s wheelchair basketball in the world, and the very first professional para-sport league in the UK. Check out the interviews on our YouTube channel.
Robyn Love, December 2020:
Follow @BritWheelBBall and @ParalympicsGB on Twitter for all the news and updates from Tokyo.
More information on Wheelchair Basketball and the new British Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Premier League can be found on the British Wheelchair Basketball website.