Basketball: Barking Abbey star Sean Nealon-Lino in Scotland squad for Commonwealth Games

PUBLISHED: 16:00 22 January 2018

Sean Nealon-Lino of Barking Abbey (pic: BA)

Sean Nealon-Lino of Barking Abbey (pic: BA)


Youngster part of 12-man roster for April’s event

Barking Abbey’s Sean Nealon-Lino has been named in Scotland’s 12-man Commonwealth Games squad.

The 18-year-old will fly to Australia’s Gold Coast in April, when basketball will make its return to the Commonwealth Games for the first time since 2006.

Nealon-Lino became the first Scottish player to join Barking ahead of the 2016-17 season.

Since then, he has became a major contributor on both the National Championship winning Division One and EABL squads.

He has previously represented Scotland at the European Championships at both Under-16 and Under-18 level.

“This is a fantastic achievement for Sean, a real honour for him to be selected,” Abbey director of pperations Lloyd Gardner commented.

“We’re delighted the work he has put in to this stage has helped him reach a competition such as this and I’m glad Barking Abbey could play their part.

“He came to us two years ago as a player who already had a national team experience, but hopefully he’s grown since that point and moved forward.

“He’s consistently one of the hardest workers at the academy and I think this is just-reward for the effort he’s put in up to this point.”

Scotland will get their Commonwealth campaign underway in Townsville on April 5 with a crucial game against England – where BA Coach James Vear will be amongst the staff along with other BA alumni on the team – before facing Cameroon and India in their other Pool B games.

Speaking on the team selection, basketballscotland Chief Executive Kevin Pringle said: “Everyone at basketballscotland would like to congratulate the 12 athletes selected to represent Team Scotland at Gold Coast 2018.

“Today’s announcement is a testament to the hard work and dedication shown by each individual selected.

“With just a few months until the Games get underway, we are confident that training is going well and that the team will be ready to make a significant impact on the Gold Coast in April.”

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