Wheelchair Basketball: Student Sophie Carrigill named GB captain

Sophie Carrigill

University of Worcester student Sophie Carrigill has been named Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball captain.

The 20-year-old psychology student was part of the GB team that won bronze at last year's European Championships.

Carrigill will lead the team at the World Championships in Toronto in June.

Head coach Miles Thompson said: "Sophie represents the example and shift of the current team. She works hard, gets on with her team-mates and is a strong, steady constant that leads by example."

The Yorkshire woman, who was left paralysed after a car accident in 2010, helped the University of Worcester win the inaugural University Wheelchair Basketball Championships in March.

The University of Worcester Arena is the training base for both the men's and women's national teams.

Great Britain women's team will initially face China, Japan, Brazil, hosts Canada and Olympic champions Germany in the group stages of this year's World Championships.

Thompson's side will be looking to improve on the sixth-place achieved by Great Britain in the 2010 tournament.

Great Britain's full squad for the World Championships: Sophie Carrigill (20, Wakefield), Charlotte Moore (15, Coventry), Claire Griffiths (34, Buckinghamshire), Fi Tillman (39, East Sussex), Louise Sugden (29, Wokingham), Laurie Williams (22, Manchester), Joy Haizelden (15, Southampton), Helen Turner (36, Surrey), Helen Freeman (24, Watford), Judith Hamer (23, Exeter), Amy Conroy (21, Norwich), Maddie Thompson (19, Derbyshire).

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