Madeleine Thompson

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Madeleine Thompson
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Madeleine Thompson at the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship in Hamburg
Personal information
Nationality  United Kingdom
Born (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 23)
Sport
Country Great Britain
Sport Wheelchair basketball
Disability class 4
Event(s) Women's team
Club Sheffield Steelers

Madeleine Thompson (born 29 March 1995) is a 4 point British wheelchair basketball player. In 2008, at the age of thirteen, she became the youngest ever player to represent Great Britain in wheelchair basketball. She was part of the British team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, the 2014 Women's World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Toronto, and the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship in Hamburg.

Biography

Madeleine Thompson was born in Chesterfield on 29 March 1995. She was educated at Lady Manners School.[1] She took up wheelchair basketball at the age of ten after a meeting with the British player Callum Gordon. This led to an invitation to attend a training session for the Sheffield Steelers. She was graded a 4 point player. When she was thirteen, she became the youngest wheelchair basketball player ever to represent Great Britain, as part of the team at the Under 22 European Championships at Adana, Turkey, in 2008. She was selected a member of the senior national team the following year, and won bronze at the European Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Stoke Mandeville.[2] She made her Paralympic debut at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, and won silver at the 2013 Under 25 European Championship. After a break to start a family, she returned to the training programme in 2017, and was part of the team at the 2018 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.[3] Team Great Britain won silver. This was the best-ever performance of the British women's team, which had never made the finals before.[4]

Achievements

References

  1. ^ "Maddie Thompson". Lady Manners School. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Madeleine Thompson". British Wheelchair Basketball. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Madeleine Thompson". British Wheelchair Basketball. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  4. ^ "World Championships 2018 – GB men win gold and our women take silver!!!!". British Wheelchair Basketball. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Germany earn 10th women's European Wheelchair Basketball Championship title as hosts Britain win men's gold". Inside the Games. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ "NED v GBR". FIBA LiveStats. Retrieved 1 September 2018.