Team storms through to final

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STUDENTS from Hemsworth Arts and Community College reached the national finals of a wheelchair basketball competition.

Lee Fryer, from year eight, and Ryan Sweeney, from year nine, along with three students from King’s High School in Pontefract, were representing Yorkshire in the 2013 British Wheelchair Basketball Inclusive Zone Basketball National Finals.

The team stormed through the first rounds before beating the 2012 champions in the semi finals. They were beaten in the final 12-7.

The students were representing the Yorkshire region after defeating five other schools in the regional finals in Leeds in March.

Lee was also named as the tournament’s most valuable player and invited to play a showcase match with some of the GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team.

The event took place at the University of Worcester Arena, a new facility specifically built for disabled sporting events, on May 1. Inclusive zone basketball allows those who cannot participate in a full game of basketball to play, by using zones to match players of different abilities. It is played by both disabled and non-disabled people.

Claire Southam, the team’s coach and PE teacher at Hemsworth college, said: “It’s been a fantastic tournament. The whole team’s been absolutely fantastic all through the regionals and the nationals, I’m just so disappointed for them that they didn’t win after getting this far – they’re an amazing team and they’ve done incredibly well. It’s been incredible to be in the actual finals.”