TEENAGER Charlotte Moore has spoken of her joy after being selected to represent Great Britain at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships later this month 2014.
The 15-year-old is preparing to take on the world in Canada after playing her way into a place in the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball side for the Championships in Toronto between June 20-28.
The Coundon Court pupil, who won Bronze with GB at last year’s European Championships, is one of the youngest players in the side as they prepare for matches in Pool B alongside London 2012 Gold Medallists Germany, Canada, China, Japan, and Brazil.
And under the stewardship of new coaching duo of Miles Thompson and Mathew Foden, GB will be hoping to improve on a sixth place at the World Championships four years ago.
“It shows that all the hard work pays off and it will be a great experience playing in front of so many people at such a big tournament.” said Moore, who plays for the Coventry Wheelchair Basketball Academy.
“The team preparation is going well: after a tough selection camp and the Tri Nations Cup against Japan and Germany we all had a few days off to recover before starting the hard training on the build up to World Championships.
“From May onwards we are all involved in a shut in camp that will really help the team play together and understand one another before the tournament.
“It’s all a new and very exciting process for me and without the support from the National Lottery none of this would be possible.
“My hopes for the tournament are that we play as well as we all know we can as a team and play with voice and energy throughout the matches and come back with a good result that we are all proud of.”
Head coach, Thompson, said he is aiming for a spot in the semi-finals at the very least.
He added: “We want the team to unite itself and make sure we are all pulling from the same side of the rope in all situations, both on and off the court.
“The youngsters Charlotte Moore, alongside Joy Haizelden, are the next generation of GB basketball to the forefront and they are here to stay. They will not only perform in the future but now as well.”