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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 May, 2005, 10:55 GMT 11:55 UK
Basketball sides aim for success
Great Britain player Caroline Maclean
Caroline Maclean was part of the GB squad in Athens
New Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball coach Garry Peel is hoping his side can make an impact at this weekend's Visa Paralympic World Cup.

Peel was given the job on a temporary basis following the departure of Dan McCaffrey after the Athens Paralympics.

His side face France, Spain and Sweden in Manchester and Peel is confident they can put in some good performances.

"It has been a learning curve for me and the players but I'm hopeful of some good results this weekend," he said.

"We've only had a couple of training sessions, including a three-day camp last weekend, and I am trying to get the team playing with more confidence.

"Athens was a disappointment for the players but this is a fresh start and will give the team some good pointers ahead of the European Championships in September."

Peel has named six of the Athens squad in his 10-strong team for this weekend, including Clare Strange, who lined out with Italian side Sassari in last weekend's European Champions Cup.

Great Britain men's coach Dave Titmuss has also named a squad with a blend of youth and experience as his side take on Paralympic silver medallists Australia, the Netherlands and Germany.

Steve Sadler, Jon Hall, Ade Orogbemi, Joe Bestwick and Dan Highcock are all given the chance to stake a claim for places in the team for this summer's European Championships in France.


GB men's squad: Andy Blake, Ade Adepitan, Terry Bywater, Fred Howley, Matt Byrne, Pete Finbow, Kevin Hayes, Steve Sadler, Jon Hall, Ade Orogbemi, Joe Bestwick.

GB women's squad: Claire Strange, Jill Fox, Helena Rainsford, Caroline McLean, Louise Sugden, Sarah Burrett, Paula Johnson, Karen Cromie, Anna Jackson, Kristina Small, Caroline Matthews.




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