If bringing home Team England’s first ever basketball silver medal wasn’t impressive enough, then an on-court proposal from fellow basketball star Jamell Anderson put the cherry on top of a memorable Commonwealth experience for Georgia Jones.
Jones, who plays her domestic basketball in the Women’s British Basketball League with the Manchester Mystics, was a part of the England team who defied all odds to topple Canada at the Gold Coast, ranked fifth in the world, in the semi-finals.
“We went there wanting to get a medal and obviously we achieved that,” the 28-year-old said. “We thought getting a bronze would be great, but to get a silver was amazing – we’re just really pleased with the overall performance, the team chemistry and the whole environment was just amazing to be around.”
However, it was another act on the court that proved far more memorable for the point guard, as men’s team player Anderson got down on one knee and popped the question to his long-term girlfriend Jones.
“I was completely shocked, I had no idea, I’m a bit naïve to those sort of things,” she added. “It was just perfect, obviously we met through basketball and it was just such an achievement for us both to be there.”
Despite losing to Canada in the opening Pool A match, Team England changed their game plan and upped the pressure to limit perimeter attempts, and it worked to perfection, seeing them advance to the final where no matter the result they would improve on their bronze medal picked up in 2006.
“We really did change it up, we put a lot of pressure on them in the second game and we actually saw how Australia pressured (Canada) in their pool game, so we learnt from that and that they really couldn’t handle the pressure.”
With her final two qualifiers for the EuroBasket 2019 with Great Britain coming in November, Jones is confident they can build on the successes at the Commonwealth Games and progress past Portugal to reach the finals.
“Based on how we’ve been playing these last few (international) windows, I think we’ve gone from strength-to-strength, every win we’re gaining momentum so I’d say things would have to be drastic for us to not feel confident.”