16th September 2019 — Year 10 pupil, Freya, was in action this weekend as England Under-15 basketball won the inaugural Georgia Jones tournament.
The tournament is named after current Great Britain player, Georgia Jones who is a product of Manchester’s basketball programme and has come through their system. She has since gone on to achieve success in United States, Europe and the UK domestic leagues. Made up of eight teams, including teams from Scotland and Ireland, the tournament was played over two gruelling days.
Freya and her England teammates got off to a great start, beating the Glasgow team 56-45 in their first match. This then set the tone for the weekend as England went on to the final with a 100%-win record. In their final group game, England overcame a strong Irish side 68-29 with Freya playing a crucial role.
“I had a lot of things to remember and I think personally, that was my best performance throughout the weekend. They were a strong team, but we still held our own”, said Freya.
In the final, England battled hard against Manchester Mystics and recorded a 57-24 victory in a game that Freya recognised as the team’s toughest test saying, “Mystics are tough competition. We were all tired mentally and physically as it was the last game and the final but together, we all did well.”
This marks another international milestone for Freya. Having been selected for England Under-14 in summer and competing in Copenhagen, Freya has now successfully moved up an age group and is enjoying the challenge.
“My next goal is to stay in Under-15 England but after that, I would like to make Under-16 Great Britain team, but I know I have a long way to go to reach that goal, but with hard work I can make it.”