Leicester Riders Women’s Robyn Lewis has been named to the Great Britain Under-20 squad alongside Leicester Riders Academy Alumni Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby and Whitney Allen and Women’s Head Coach Matthew Harber, who will Assistant Coach for the 2014 European Championships.
British Basketball has invited 20 players to under-20 Women’s camp in preparation the Division B European Championship which will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria in July.
Nine of last year’s under-20 group return, including Harriet Ottewill-Soulsby who not only played at England under-18 level last summer but also made her senior international debut. The former Charnwood College student is still only 18 years old and has two more years at under-20 level to develop, alongside her studies at Lafayette University in the United States.
Six of the twenty have represented Scotland, including returnee Hilary Wood, Sarah Thomson who helped Team Northumbria win the National Cup Final and last year’s under-18 captain Robyn Lewis.
The talented and youthful group of 20 will be coached by GB Senior Women’s Head Coach Peter Buckle, with support from Assistant Coach Karen Burton and Assistant Coach/Performance Analyst Matthew Harber. Ollie Jerram will take responsibility for the team manager duties and Eve Emaru will act as physiotherapist for the team.
Buckle said, “I’m looking forward to coaching our next generation and observing our future senior players perform. It will be beneficial to introduce them to our GB style, themes and expected behaviour.”
British Basketball National Teams Director Warwick Cann said, “The squad has very good depth. The home countries national teams have been working diligently to our T16 areas of emphasis guidelines over the past four years. To link what was our Under-16 group from 2010 to the fringes of the senior team, is very gratifying to me and adds a final piece of our talent development jigsaw.”
“This tournament presents a great opportunity for our players to discover the requirements of the final step to senior international competition under the Senior Head Coach.”
Staff and players will meet for a short training camp in late June prior to the tournament, which will begin with an opening game against Norway on July 3rd.