Joy for Stretham’s Sarah Grady as Great Britain announce London 2012 wheelchair basketball squad

WHEELCHAIR basketball star Sarah Grady is set to compete in her third Paralympic Games after she was selected for the Great Britain squad.

Grady, who lives in Stretham, was this week announced as one of 24 wheelchair basketballers who will comprise the men’s and women’s teams at London 2012.

The 28-year-old will be one of the more experienced members of the women’s team, which has an average age of just 25.

Grady wrote on her blog: “I am really excited as you can imagine and there has been lots of squeaking, happy faces and happy tears at my house over the last day!

“Thank you to everyone for your support so far, now let the extra hard work begin.”

Garry Peel, the squad’s head coach, said: “It was a really tough decision and we left it right until the last game at the BT Paralympic World Cup on Saturday to make the final choice.

“It’s really tough when you have 15 girls who all deserve to go but we can only take 12 and we feel we’ve got the right 12.”

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The women’s team finished fourth in the Paralympic World Cup and will be looking to improve on their 8th place finish in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Grady competed at both Sydney 2000 - aged just 16 - and Athens 2004, but took a break from the sport after the birth of her son.

She won a bronze medal at the 2003 European Championships in Hamburg.