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James MacSorley thrilled with chance to seal Paralympic gold after Team GB call


James MacSorley. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

James MacSorley. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

James MacSorley. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland wheelchair basketball star James MacSorley will head to his first Paralympic Games in August having been named in the Great Britain squad for Tokyo.

MacSorley, who plays his club games in Spain for ADM Econy Gran Canaria, has been included in the 12-man panel which will bid to back up their status as current world and European champions by claiming gold.

The Belfast man has already been part of successful GB sides having been in that squad that won gold at the 2018 World Championships in Hamburg, while the 26-year-old was also part of the GB Under-23 squad that clinched world gold in 2017.

“I am proud and honoured to announce that I have been selected for Team GB for the Tokyo Paralympic Games!” MacSorley posted on Twitter.

GB will face a tough assignment in Tokyo having been placed in a group with defending champions the USA, along with Australia and Iran, who finished third and fourth at the 2018 World Championships. Germany and Algeria complete the group, with the top four finishers qualifying for the quarter-finals.

The experienced duo of Gregg Warburton and Abdi Jama will form the vanguard of the GB team, while Billy Bridge, Lewis Edwards and Ben Fox — who all won Under-23 gold with MacSorley in 2017 — will also make their Paralympic debuts in Tokyo.

Captain Ian Sagar said: “Competing at the Paralympics is the pinnacle of an athlete’s career.

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“It’s an honour to be selected to represent my country, an honour that will be even greater for me this time having been named captain.”

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