Fresh off the back of a trip to Tokyo & an undefeated season in the first Women's Premier League our next Generation 22 athlete is on a hot run of form. Introducing wheelchair basketballer Lucy Robinson

A promising junior footballer, Lucy broke her hip whilst on roller skates which resulted in a long-term hip condition, Avascular necrosis.

After not being able to play football anymore, Lucy discovered wheelchair basketball at a ‘come and try’ event organised by Leicester Cobras. Falling in love with the team and fun nature of the sport, Lucy began training with The Cobras and was part of The Cobras’ Women’s League team.

A fierce competitor, Lucy says:

"I had to get into get into sport somehow!"

Since first starting the sport in her early teenage years, Lucy has developed through the BWB pathway; becoming one of the first athletes to join the BWB Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence in 2015 (now known as DiSE), studying the theory behind wheelchair basketball as well as undertaking on-court training.

A year later, Lucy was invited to attend the GB Futures Programme, earning herself a call-up to the GB Women’s junior programme. On court, Lucy represented GB for the first time in 2018, co-captaining the junior women’s squad against Japan at Continental Clash, hosted in Sheffield.

Lucy’s call-up for the 2018 U24 European Women’s Team was her first major championships, with Lucy finishing as joint-top scorer in the final as the GB U24 Women won European gold. In 2019, Lucy was part of the team who claimed bronze at the U25 World Championships in Thailand.

In 2021 Lucy was selected to go to the Tokyo Paralympics to represent Great Britain, and whilst the results didn't quite go the team's way she learnt an awful lot from the experience.

Next up, hopefully, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

When asked what being selected for Team England would mean to her Lucy exclaimed:

"It would be really cool!

"I've competed for Great Britain before, but not for my home country England. So yeah it would be really exciting if I get selected."

Wheelchair baksetball is making it's Games debut, and the 3x3 format is also new to the competition. In a bid to find the best ballers in the country, the team is being selected from open trials held across the nation, and Lucy is bidding to become one of the four member team.

The prospect of competing in front of a home crowd is one that is particularly pushing Lucy on to make the squad.

"Because it's so close in Birmingham, I think everybody would be there. And it would be really great to see them all up there in the crowd."

Achieving a First Class degree in Primary Education from Sheffield Hallam University, Lucy combined her studies and a school placement with her training schedule.

When asked who she wants to Bring It Home for Lucy smiles and says:

"I'm definitely bringing it home for my family and friends, my family follow me everywhere that I go for competitions, and to be able to compete for Team England in front of them will be something very special."

Lucy has achieved a lot in the sport already, and at such a young age she has so much more to give! We hope to see her tearing it up on the court at Birmingham 2022, she is certainly one to watch, and a very deserving member of our #Generation22 class.