Sheffield Steelers is generally considered the most famous name in British wheelchair basketball but their women’s team has had to take a back seat in the last two seasons as CWBA have dominated the women’s game.
GB international Sophie Carrigill of the Steelers - she describes her team as ‘a massive club’ that is also a community - believes her women will be ready for this weekend’s final four, tough though the opposition will be.
“Both [CWBA] and the Angels of the North are really strong teams,” she told BBC Sport. “I’ve worked hard this week to make sure I’m prepared to go to battle, I’m excited - it’s an amazing event that showcases the best athletes in the women's game.”
Carrigill, 25-years-old started playing in 2011 and was an international two years later. She has been a key part of the up-and-coming GB women’s team that has made the promising progression of fourth in the 2016 Rio Paralympics, third in the 2017 European and silver medalists in the 2018 World Championships.
“The women’s game is in a really great place at the moment - we are current World silver medalists and training hard to make sure we go one better next time,” said Carrigill.
“We have come a long way from London 2012 when the team came seventh. It’s been a lot of hard work and a commitment to a centralised programme, but we’ve got there.”