Cumbrian wheelchair basketball ace scores place on GB squad
A Cumbrian wheelchair basketball star is set to compete against global superpowers in his sport.
Nathaniel Pattinson, of Stanwix, Carlisle, has been chosen to represent Great Britain in the Under 23 World Championships for wheelchair basketball in Canada next month.
The 21-year-old who has played for Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club basketball team, CWSC Panthers, for nine years, was thrilled to have been chosen to represent his country.
"After loads of hard work and dedication I’ve finally been one of the very few selected to represent GB as part of the Men’s U23 squad," he said.
"I’m really looking forward to going to Canada to the world championships and hopefully we should come back with a medal."
The GB team, captained by Rio Paralympian and junior team ace Gregg Warburton, will be playing in Toronto between June 5 and 29.
They will be up against the likes of current U22 European Champions Turkey and returning U23 World Champions Germany.
The GB Team will face tough competition during the pool stages and are scheduled to tap-off against the USA on their opening game of the competition.
Wheelchair basketball fans can catch up on the action via the Wheelchair Basketball Canada live stream broadcast.
Last year the Panthers won the National Division 1 Basketball title.
Nathaniel, a former pupils at Kingmoor Junior School and William Howard School, also coaches the division 3 and step league teams in Carlisle, along with clubs all over Cumbria in a variety of disability sports.