Wheelchair basketball star takes bronze at European Championship

Maddie Thompson, GB ladies wheelchair basketball squad
Maddie Thompson, GB ladies wheelchair basketball squad

Sports Star Maddie Thompson from the Hope Valley has clinched a bronze medal with her Great Britain team at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Frankfurt.

The British team beat Italy and Turkey and survived a defeat to the Netherlands on their way to a quarter final match with Spain which they won 55-32 to secure a place in the semi-finals against the trophy holders Germany.

Even though Germany beat the GB side 71-36, the British women went on to defeat the other semi-final losers France in a clash to claim bronze.

The Standard Life GB Women had secured a place in the semi-finals with a hard fought quarter final win against Spain in a low scoring game of 55-32.

A tentative start from GB allowed Spain to open the scoring, but neither team looked settled in the early stages. In the second quarter, the coaches changed the line-up bringing on Maddie Thompson, Helen Turner and Sarah Grady, but the baskets weren’t dropping for Great Britain. The GB defence had stepped up though and this gave a platform for Helen Freeman who kept a calm head and brought GB ahead.

An experienced line-up steered GB home and they saw the game out comfortably 55 -32, setting up a semi-final match against Paralympic Champions Germany which proved too difficult.

However the GB side, did themselves proud in the play-off for third spot by beating France 60-39 to claim bronze. Netherlands were crowned with gold and Germany won silver.

Maddie had been delighted with the team’s performances and praised the side’s newcomers.