Lee Manning

Lee-Manning

Name:

Lee Manning

Date of Birth:

11/01/1990

Lee’s Sport:

Wheelchair basketball

Lee’s Disability:

Bilateral Talipes (club feet)

Lee’s Bio:

Lee first started playing wheelchair basketball in late 2005, joining his first club the Peterborough Phoenix after taking part in taster session at his school. Three months later he was invited to his first GB junior camp where he progressed through selection to earn a call-up for his first international tournament: representing GB in the U22 European Championships 2006.

After assisting the nation to silver at the U22 European Championships, Lee was quickly fast tracked into the GB Senior set up and soon made his debut for the GB Men’s Team, featuring in the team at tournaments such as the BT Paralympic World Cup and tours across Europe and Australia.

In addition, on the domestic scene, Lee continued to improve and played for the RGK Rhinos Super League team before moving clubs and playing a key part in assisting the Sheffield Steelers to winning the Challenge Cup 2012 and gaining his first European honours.

The 24 year old’s good form for his clubs carried over to the national team and he narrowly missed out on selection for the London 2012 Paralympics being named as first reserve.

During the 2012/2013 season Lee obtained his first professional contract for Italian Club Santo Stefano, making an impact on the Italian League topping the Field Goal percentage (63%) and helping Santo Stefano to finish in the final four for the first time in 5 years. Enjoying playing and living in Italy, Lee stayed at Santo Stefano for the 2013/2014 season.

Lee made his major debut for the GB Men’s team at the 2014 World Championships in Incheon, South Korea and at the 2015 European Basketball Championships from 28th August – 6th September in Worcester, Lee was part of the GB team who retained their European title in a thrilling final which saw them beat Turkey 87-66.

Winning the European Championships in 2015 has meant that the GB men’s Wheelchair Basketball team have qualified for the Rio Paralympics in 2016. Lee has been chosen to be part of Team GB and they will be heading out to Rio to look for a medal place. We wish them the best of luck in the upcoming games!

Off court Lee is a qualified Grade 2 wheelchair basketball coach and enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to young junior athletes at his local club and those who are looking to follow in his path up to elite level.

Latest News:

GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team win European Championships for the Third Time

Seventh place at World Championships for GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball 

Links:

British Wheelchair Basketball bio link

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