Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club's basketball teams enjoy success

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Talent: Nathaniel Pattinson is out in Canada, representing Team GB's Under-23s
Talent: Nathaniel Pattinson is out in Canada, representing Team GB's Under-23s

Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club's basketball teams, CWSC Panthers, enjoyed more success at the weekend.

CWSC Panthers' first team claimed a bronze medal from their National Division One final after a 57-36 win over London Titans.

While their second team finished up with a gold medal after winning National League North Division Three.

Ray McBride, of Cumbria Wheelchair Sports, told the News & Star: "This year we had two teams at the national finals.

"One of our coaches said a few years ago that we would be doing quite well if we managed to get one of our teams to the national finals but we managed to get both to the finals this year, which was an incredible achievement."

And the future looks bright for the basketball teams with the second team mainly made-up of youngsters.

"Panthers 2 is a very young team," McBride said. "It has one 40-year-old in the team but the rest are teenagers.

"All we want to do is get as many young Cumbrians out there as possible playing sport.

"It is just a case of making sure that people know that Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Club are always achieving things."

Meanwhile Nathaniel Pattinson, of Stanwix, Carlisle, is currently a part of the Great Britain Under-23 side that are competing in Canada.

Team GB beat the United States in their first game 87-50 to get their International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Men’s Under-23 World Wheelchair Basketball Championship campaign under way.

Nathaniel, a former pupil at Carlisle’s Kingmoor Junior School and William Howard School, Brampton, also coaches teams in Carlisle and Cumbria in a variety of sports.

But McBride added: "We have five youngsters that are in the England set up.

"Tyler Baines has just turned 15. He is going to be a very good player. Sam Wilson is also doing well."

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