Great Britain pair strengthen Lightning’s squad

Niamh Horan has joined Lightning

Niamh Horan is the latest high-profile player to join Lightning. Image provided by Ben Lumley photography.

Great Britain duo Niamh Horan and Holly Lounds have become the latest high-profile signings to join Loughborough Lightning’s Wheelchair Basketball side.

holly lounds has joined Lightning
Holly Lounds has also joined the Lightning set-up. Image provided by Ben Lumley photography.

21-year-old Horan arrives at the club having represented her country at the 2019 World Championships in Thailand and will take the number 31 jersey in George Bates’ team.

Lounds, at just 17, is already part of the GB academy set-up and comes to Loughborough with a promising future ahead.   

Ahead of signing, Horan spoke to Loughborough Sport. She said:

“I’m excited to play alongside the other girls, be coached by George (Bates), and to have help from the amazing staff at Loughborough.”

Lounds, who will wear number 16, was equally thrilled to join up with the rest of the squad:

“I’m really excited for the 2022 season and to join a new and upcoming team full of great opportunities.”

Head Coach George Bates is understandably pleased with his double signing, saying:

“Niamh is a player that has come through the GB pathway and is on the fringes of making the team. She’s a good playmaker and has confident shooting ability that gives her the opportunity to have a positive influence in a game. 

“Holly is a young player with a lot of potential who has the natural ability which I’m eager to see develop over the season with the training schedule and support we have at Lightning.”

Lightning will continue to reveal the remaining members of its new-look squad over the next few days.

The first season of Wheelchair Basketball’s Women’s Premier League will take place from January 2022 - May 2022.

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