By Admin on Oct 22, 2011
GB Deaf Basketball team complete World Championship tournament
The Great Britain Deaf Men’s basketball team returned satisfied with 12th place in the 2011 World Deaf Basketball Championships held in Palermo, Italy.
The Great Britain team, organised by Deaf Basketball UK, are relatively new to the international deaf basketball scene after forming in 2008. After group stage losses, including silver medal winning Venezuela and 4th place Greece, the team went on to record an important 70-59 victory against Japan in the classification stage. Ramas Rentelis, 2010 Volunteer Administrator of the Year winner, finished equal 2nd top scorer in the World Championship.
GB Deaf Team Manager, Louis Francis added:
“The team worked very hard to qualify into the World Deaf Basketball Championships. It was the first World Championships for GB Deaf, and the Men’s team played well to ensure the result of 12th place out of 14th. We could have easily ended up at the bottom of the table due to lack of experience but we persevered to secure a win against Japan. The players really deserve a pat on their backs for their performance throughout the games, especially playing against strong teams like Venezuela, teams with a wealth of experience and world titles.
“Now we are back from Italy, our training will increase to ensure that we perform top class in Turkey at the European Championships in June! Please show your support for the boys and visit our website www.dbuk.org to find out more about how you can pledge your support and more!”