Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Inside Camp GB: Tom Maher predicts progress for Britain's women

Great Britain women’s coach Tom Maher has admitted one major injury during his team’s month-long training camp in Stirling could derail their hopes of reaching the next Olympic Games.

The hugely-respected Australian, who led his homeland to a silver medal in Sydney in 2000, has pledged to push his 18-strong squad to the limit to fully prepare them for this summer’s European Championship qualifiers.

The GB side, including recent WNBA Draftee Jo Leedham, is still battling to earn a spot at London 2012 after narrowly escaping relegation to Division B last season. And although there is so much at stake, Maher is wary of losing anyone in the build-up to their quest to reach the finals in Poland next year.

“We don’t need injury problems,” he said. “Our depth isn’t great and that’s an issue for us. But I’m very confident we’ll be a respected team and that people will watch out for us.

“The players have a really professional attitude. Not many of them have played in big college programmes or big money teams but they’re mindful of who they’re representing. Hopefully, we can win some games as well but I’m sure we’ll be a respectable basketball team.”

Stalwart Kim Butler is carrying a minor knock that sidelined her earlier this week but is expected to recover. Maher is also spending a lot of time on basic drills in the first week to try and integrate his new players into his plans.


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