Loughborough Lightning Wheelchair Basketball crowned champions

Loughborough Lightning Wheelchair Basketball crowned champions

Image provided by Ben Lumley Photography.

Loughborough Lightning Wheelchair Basketball has made history by winning the inaugural Women’s Premier League title.

George Bates’s side recorded an impressive 73-64 victory over East London Phoenix in the play-off final on Sunday to end an incredible season unbeaten.

Following nine victories in the regular season, Lightning continued their fine form into the play-off weekend, beating Worcester Wolves 82-42 in empathic style to set up the winner takes all tie with Phoenix.

In front of a packed crowd, Lightning duly delivered to cap off a remarkable campaign.

In what proved to be a tense final, Loughborough showed great resilience to hold their nerve, securing the winners’ trophy amid jubilant scenes.   

“I’m immensely proud of this team after an unbelievable season,” Bates told Loughborough Sport.

“The girls have sacrificed so much for the programme this year. Their drive, ambition, and ability to get results has been nothing short of outstanding. To go through the whole season unbeaten is an incredible feat and we’ll certainly enjoy the celebrations.

“Each and every squad member, including the backroom team, should take great pride in what we’ve achieved. We’re already looking forward to defending our title next season.”

George Bates

H‌ead Coach George Bates led Lightning to an unbeaten season. Image provided by Ben Lumley Photography. 

Loughborough Lightning were formed in April 2021 as British Wheelchair Basketball launched the Women’s Premier League – the very first professional para-sport league in the UK.

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