Britain’s women’s team has been revealed for the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, with the squad aiming aiming to triumph in front of a home crowd at The University of Worcester Arena.
One of the keys aims for the team at the Championships, which are due to be held from August 28 to September 6 in Worcester, will be to secure one of four qualification berths at next year's Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Sophie Carrgill, Clare Griffiths, Charlotte Moore, Leah Evans, Joy Haizelden and Laurie Williams have been named as part of the squad, selected by head coach Miles Thompson and his assistant coach Matthew Foden.
Their selection is completed by Jordanna Bartlett, Robyn Love, Amy Conroy, Helen Freeman, Judith Hamer and Katie Morrow.
“I’m excited about this team: it’s full of potential and it’s fun to work with potential,” Thompson said.
“It’s filled with some seasoned players and some emerging players that I think are really on the cusp of finding their game, finding out who they are as basketball players – and that journey’s always exciting.
“Our goal for the European Championships is to do something that hasn’t been done and that’s get to the final.
“Obviously you have to go through the Germans and the Dutch who are the benchmark – we want to be the benchmark.”
The British team will be aiming to improve on their showing at the 2013 European Championships in Frankfurt, where they secured a bronze medal, with The Netherlands being crowned champions ahead of Germany.
Britain, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain and Turkey make up the seven-team women’s tournament with four Paralympic Games places on offer at the end of the round-robin and later phases of the competition.
The Netherlands and Germany's have dominated the women’s competition, winning every edition of the Championships since the inaugural tournament in 1974.
Germany have claimed nine titles and the Netherlands winning five.
The European Wheelchair Basketball Championships form part of UK Sport's National Lottery funded Gold Event Series programme, which targets competitions that will support the nation's athletes in their preparation and qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
March 2015: European Wheelchair Basketball Championships schedule announced
January 2015: Group stage draw made for European Wheelchair Basketball Championship
December 2014: Worcester Cathedral to host draw for 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships
June 2013: Britain to host 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships