Warwickshire Bears sign two GB internationals
WARWICKSHIRE Bears have strengthened their squad by signing two Great Britain internationals.
Jacob Robinson and Siobhan Fitzpatrick have known Bears coach Tom Masterson for a number of years and were happy to join the newly-promoted club now they are in National League Division Two.
“I’ve known Tom for ages,” said 18-year-old Fitzpatrick.
“I’ve trained with him on and off and I promised I would come and play for Bears when they got promoted to Division One so, once they did, I had to keep my promise!”
Robinson and Fitzpatrick have played for London Titans for several seasons.
Robinson, who is 20, began playing wheelchair basketball when he was 11.
He became a full junior international in his teenage years and represented GB in the Under-23 European Championships.
He also played in the Champions’ Cup in Japan last November, helping GB to the gold medal.
Robinson has since decided to retire from international basketball to concentrate on his studies.
“I want to get back to club basketball and hopefully helping Bears win the Division One title next season,” he said.
“I had a good time with GB but I think it is time to focus on my career.”
Fitzpatrick, however, has set her sights on reaching the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
She is currently on standby for Rio as a reserve and is determined to make the full squad in four years’ time.
Bears welcome experienced players and complete beginners to their training sessions at Warwickshire College sports hall in Henley on Tuesday evenings.
For more details, contact coach Tom Masterson on 07946 518354.