21st Aug, 2019

Bears quartet take medals at Invictus trials

Ben Tyler 1st Aug, 2019

THE QUARTET of Dan Gill, Rick Powell, Joe Preston and Andy Roberts brought success for Warwickshire Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club, after returning from the Invictus Trials in Sheffield with medals.

Winning silver medals were the duo of Preston and Roberts, while Gill and Powell took bronze medals for their efforts at the trials – held for ex-service athletes.

Elsewhere, the club were represented by their junior section – Bears Cubs – who appeared at the West Midlands junior trials.

The Cubs shone during the trials, and after catching the eye of on-watching coaches, are set to represent the West Midlands at the Regional Championships in Worcester.

It continues the success of the junior side, who were the first in the club’s history to participate in the junior league last season, gaining much needed experience in the process.

Head coach Tom Masterson spoke of his pride to see the club succeed across all fronts, and expects that success to continue going into the new season.

“We are enormously proud of all of our ex-service personnel at the club, so to see four players from the Bears winning medals is fantastic,” he said.

“To top off a great week, it was great to also see a number of Cubs picked for the West Midlands junior team.

“This all helps to reinforce the work we are doing at the club with our juniors and all the hard work they have put in this season.”

The club have also found success in running free wheelchair basketball sessions on Saturday’s, making it more convenient and affordable for parents to encourage their children to take up the sport.

Despite the positives, the Bears are still appealing for new wheelchair basketball players to join the club, particularly in the junior and women’s ranks.

For more information, or to enquire about joining, email Tom at t.masterson@bearswbc.com, or call 07946 518354.

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