THE Paralympics may be over, but talented young wheelchair basketball star Georgina Waft has picked up another trophy for Yorkshire.
The Scissett Middle School pupil, who plays her club basketball for Sheffield Steelers, competed for her county at the recent Lord Taverner’s National Junior Championships.
Georgina, 11, who suffers from Cerebal Palsy, travelled to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire for the annual tournament.
And the team put in a strong performance, finishing third out of the nine teams competing in the under 15s category.
Georgina got into wheelchair basketball through her mum Yvonne.
Yvonne said: “I’m a wheelchair user myself and I played it donkey’s years ago. I wanted to get back into it, so we both decided to go along.
Georgina’s been playing for four years now and she really loves it – it’s her favourite hobby.
“The team would have liked to have got to the final, but she was really pleased with the bronze medal.”
Tournament organiser and British Wheelchair Basketball’s junior development officer Tina Gordon said: “This year proved to be another successful Championships and as our showcase event for junior wheelchair basketball it was a pleasure to see how far the tournament has come in the last five years.
“Although fiercely competitive the championships also fosters great friendships between rival teams, and provides the inspiration for many of our young players to go further to gain international honours.
“Congratulations to all the teams that took part, it was a great success and we could never have done it without them, their parents, coaches and supporters.”