Barking Abbey women earn GB U20 call-ups

PUBLISHED: 14:00 02 June 2017

Barking Abbey's Abigail Johnson in action for GB under-20s (pic FIBA)

Barking Abbey's Abigail Johnson in action for GB under-20s (pic FIBA)


Six current and former players in provisional squad

Six current and former Barking Abbey players have been named in the initial Great Britain Under-20 Women’s squad announced by British Basketball on Thursday.

Current student-athletes Abigail Johnson, Imani Whittington, Chloe Gaynor, and Megan Sheret, along with alumni Shanice Norton and Abby Lowe, have all been named in the squad that will open up training camp in Manchester on June 20.

The camp will provide vital preparation for the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship which takes place between July 8-16 in Eilat, Israel.

“We are delighted that six of our current and former students have made the squad,” said Barking Abbey Director Mark Clark.

“Developing players to become senior professionals and national team players is our primary objective. Five of them are already at Division One universities or going to be this September.

“They have all worked incredibly hard to achieve this recognition and it is a testimony to our programme, our coaches, and Barking Abbey School.

“I’m confident that all six will push to make the final 12 and give GB the opportunity to qualify for A Division.”

Head Coach Jose Maria Buceta added: “This will be a good opportunity for our young players to develop at international level. I want to thank them for their commitment with GB basketball. I am sure the experience will benefit both the team and all individual participants.”

Squad: Samantha Clement – Cornell, USA; Jess Davies – Lipscomb, USA; Georgia Gayle – Sheffield Hatters; Melanie George – Newman, USA; Georgina Brierley – Saint Leo, USA; Abigail Johnson – Barking Abbey; Amelia Stevens – Illinois State, USA; Molly Taylor – Loyola, USA; Shanice Norton – LSU, USA; Gabby Nikitinaite – Sevenoaks Suns; Hannah Robb – Caledonia Pride; Abby Lowe – San Diego State, USA; Imani Whittington – Barking Abbey; Chloe Gaynor – Barking Abbey; Megan Sheret – Barking Abbey; Harriet Welham – Ipswich; Victoria Gray – Nottingham Wildcats.

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