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  • #RolltisZadonkingyou | „I’m super excited to go back and play in Hamburg with the national team.“

    Hiroaki Kozai is one of the key players of the Japanese  wheelchair basketball national team. While he recently played the Champions League Final Four with the RSV Lahn-Dill and will soon be  preparing for the World Championship in Hamburg,  he took the time to answer the Rollt. editorial team a few questions. Continue Reading

  • #Zadonk: The elite class of wheelchair basketball presents itself in Hamburg

    The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is warming up and getting ready for the 2018  wheelchair basketball World Championships. edel-optics.de Arena will host the four best club teams in Europe on May 4th and 5th in anticipation of the sports highlight, which will take place in Hamburg from August 16th to 26th. CD Ilunion Madrid (Spain), Unipol Sai Briantea84 Cantú (Italy), six-time Champions League winner RSV Lahn-Dill (Wetzlar) and the newly crowned German champion, the RSB Thuringia Bulls (Elxleben), qualified for the final four of the IWBF Europe Champions League, the highest club competition on the European continent.

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  • #RolltisZadonkingyou | Sonia Ruiz (Captain of the Spanish national team)

    Sonia Ruiz (Captain of the Spanish national team): “After 24 years without participating in intercontinental tournaments, it is a pride and privilege to be able to attend the Word Championship in Hamburg. We have worked hard to return to a tournament of these magnitudes and we continue working because we believe in the level and talent of this team to keep us among the best countries in the world. For us it is not a gift, it is an opportunity to arrive and stay! Continue Reading

  • What was the role of a low pointer in years past as compared to now, Vanessa Erskine?

    „The role of a low pointer has definitely changed since 15+ years ago. I have only been playing basketball for 6 years but even in these 6 years, you can really see the evolution of the role. More and more low pointers are becoming scoring threats on offense as well as still being able to pick and seal. I think a lot of this has been because of the development of the equipment. A basketball chair with the proper straps and dump and set up can allow a low pointer to be quick and have balance. In the past, without anti-tip wheels, less camber, little to no straps, etc. Low pointers weren’t able to really move quiet as well. Also, defensively, low pointers are able to defend higher classification players which really helps the defense be able to have an advantage.  Continue Reading

  • #RolltisZadonkingyou | Carina de Rooij & Robin Poggenwisch

    Carina de Rooij (Women National Team Netherlands): „I’m looking forward to participate in the World Championships again. It is the biggest event in wheelchair basketball and is THE place where we want to show the results of all our training sessions. After Rio the team has been transforming and we have been building our team with new and younger players. Halfway on our route to Tokyo I can honestly say I am enjoying to see the way our new players are developing. It is still a big honour for me every time I am able to play in the orange jersey and to represent my country. Our goal: playing every game as planned according our tactics and make the best of every battle.“

    Robin Poggenwisch (Mens National Team Netherlands): „Ever since I started playing wheelchair basketball as a fourteen-year-old kid I dreamed about playing for the national team one day. For me that dream came true. Wearing the national team jersey is always been an honour for me. Hearing the national anthem still give me goose bumps every time. In the build-up to the world championship 2018 in Hamburg I think that we are building towards a good mix between young talents and some more experienced players. The competition will be fierce, and we will be ready for the challenge!”

    Fragen: Annika Aul | Foto: Steffie Wunderl

  • Interview with Terry Bywater: „The World Championships will be great in Germany.“

    The British national player Terry Bywater is a legend and an institution. The family man played five Paralympic games, four World and nine European Championships for Great Britain. In our interview Terry talked about the upcoming Champions League final in Hamburg, the Spanish league  and his biggest sport moments.

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  • 3 Questions to Gregg Warburton: „Our goal as always is gold.“

    Gregg Warburton is one of the young top talents of the GB national squad and made it to his first Paralympics at the age of only 19 years. We are sure, that we will see a lot more of his outstanding performance in the near future. Make sure to watch this great athlete at the world championships in Hamburg in August. Besides travelling the world for wheelchair basketball camps and playing GB premier division with the Oldham Owls, Gregg took the time to answer a few questions about his career and the upcoming event in Hamburg. Continue Reading

  • #RolltisZadonkingyou: South Korean international Dong Gil Yang about the upcoming world championships in Hamburg

    Dong Gil Yang: „It has been my dream to be a representative player for wheelchair basketball since I started this sport. Korea achieved 6th place in 2014 Incheon World Championships, which was a great result despite Korea doesn’t have many players and teams. It was more than just a figure of number to us and was a very meaningful moment. I was watching from the spectator’s seat wishing to be part of the team. I now have my chance and I would do my best with my team members to show what we have been practicing. I am already very excited an anxious to compete with the best players and best teams worldwide in Germany. I hope everyone enjoy and be satisfied with all their performances.”

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  • Interview with Phil Robinson | Wheelchair Basketball Performance Officer (Northern Ireland)

    Phil Robinson (Wheelchair Basketball Performance Officer | Northern Ireland) is talking about disability sports and wheelchair basketball in Northern Ireland, the Irish League and the national and international objectives. Continue Reading

  • #RolltisZadonkingyou: British internationals Helen Freeman & George Bates about the upcoming world championships in Hamburg

    Helen Freeman (Co-Captain GB Women’s Team): “It’s important for me to represent Great Britain because it’s a nation that has given me so much. As a team we’re on a journey to be as successful as possible in Hamburg and it makes me really proud to know the work that’s going in towards that. To be able to play in Germany at the World Championships will also be really special for me personally as I played my first major tournament there in 2007 for the Wetzlar European Championships.”

    George Bates (Sheffield Steelers, GB Senior Team): „For me there is no higher achievement in sport than to represent your country. Hearing the national anthem before you’re about to play symbolises all the hard work you have put in – it is an incredible privilege having Great Britain written across your chest.

    Very few people get to represent their country so every time I put on the GB vest it means so much to me. We’re still a few months out from the World Championships but being part of the process leading up to it strengthens my drive to not only be part of the team, but to be part of a successful team.”

    Text: Annika Aul | Photocredit: SA Images