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GANDY: My excitement at GB Roller-coaster!

My experience with Great Britain Women’s Basketball can only be described as a roller coaster ride to say the least. 
When I was first asked to write this blog I was hesitant because I feel its not about me, an individual player. Basketball is a team sport, but then I thought to myself that a team is made up of individuals who need to individually perform and add their our significant touch to the team.
Basketball to some extent is my life and it’s been a part of me since I was young. It's definitely one of the few constant things in my life, jobs, friends, etc come and go but I have always had basketball in my life to turn to.
I can remember my first time being selected for GB in 2010 and I was so proud and so excited. It’s been a fun yet nerve wracking journey but all the hard work, dedication, blood, sweat, tears, sore body, aching joints have been well worth it and has finally paid off. Not many people can say they were cut from a team several times and now I am on the leadership…

Wolves in Valencia talks

The University of Worcester and the Worcester Wolves welcomed one of Europe’s most respected coaches to the city last week, to discuss an innovative potential future partnership. Chechu Mulero, the Sporting Director of Euroleague outfit Valencia Basketball Club, visited Worcester for discussions which focused on establishing a link between the Spanish giants and the Worcester Wolves, who are now a subsidiary company of the University. Any such partnership could include training camps and friendly fixtures for Valencia’s senior team in Worcester, collaborative coaching clinics and player development schemes, for the benefit of both parties. During his visit, Mr Mulero, who met with senior figures from the University and players and coaches from the Wolves, said: “I had heard a great deal about the Basketball program and the international reputation of Worcester before my visit. “Having now been able to see for myself that, together with excellent facilities, the University has a very excit…

HoopsAid put me on the map

WILSON JUMA has thanked Hoops Aid for putting his name on the map and helping his basketball career take off. The 22-year-old point guard earned a place at the University of Maine Machias after starring in the Hoops Aid 2013 All-Star Game.

Now he hopes similar exposure at Hoops Aid 2015 at the O2 Arena will help earn him a pro contract in the British Basketball League.

Juma, who was born in Zimbabwe but raised in the UK, said: “Hoops Aid set the stage for me. It got my name out there. I wouldn’t be where I am today without that exposure. “I’m really excited about the plans for the 2015 event and to participate in it would be beautiful.

“I’ve enjoyed my time in the US but I want to come home and play pro basketball in the BBL now, so I’m hoping to impress some BBL coaches this time!” Zuma came through the LEAP Academy in Walton-on-Thames before flying to the US to try and earn a place in the US college system. But a summer of try-outs led to disappointment until he went for a workout at the I…