Wakefield-based Paralympic hopeful gets Great Britain call for European Wheelchair Basketball Championships

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Wakefield-based Paralympic hopeful Sophie Carrigill has been included in the Standard Life GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team to compete in this summer’s European Championships.

The talented 19-year-old is one of three new faces added to the squad that competed in last year’s Paralympics and will travel to Frankfurt in Germany for the competition, which runs from Friday, June 28 until Monday, July 8.

The Wakefield Girls’ High School student has high hopes of travelling to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Paralympics and her chances will no doubt be boosted by a debut on the big stage of the European Championships.

Standard Life GB Women’s Coach, Nigel Smith said: “It was very tough for us to narrow the squad down to the 12 players selected, but we feel they are the best players at this moment to help us achieve success in Frankfurt.

“We are looking forward to the European Championships as we believe that with the changes we have made over the last few months we can compete for a major medal although the tricky task of qualifying for the World Championships is never easy.”

Carrigill has impressed while competing for club team Leeds Spiders and won a silver medal with the Yorkshire U19 team at the junior championships. She also competed in Belgium for the Great Britain team, the Coyotes, in the 2013 Euro League.

The Great Britain team, coached by Smith and Joe Jayaratne, are the current European Bronze Medallists.

Standard Life GB Women’s Team for European Championships: Amy Conroy (20, Norwich), Madeleine Thompson (18, Hope Valley, Derbyshire), Helen Turner (35, Chobham, Surrey), Judith Hamer (22, Exeter), Laurie Williams (21, Altrincham, Manchester), Sarah Grady (29, Ely, Cambridgshire), Clare Strange (33, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire), Sophie Carrigill (19, Wakefield), Charlotte Moore (14, Coventry), Kirsty Wallace (31, Fareham), Louise Sugden (28, Wokingham), Helen Freeman (23, Watford).