Hall tipped to strike gold

PARALYMPIC bronze medallist Ade Adepitan insists Chesterfield’s Jon Hall can make wheelchair basketball history at London 2012 by claiming Team GB’s first-ever gold medal.

The 30-year-old was selected in coach Murray Treseder’s 12-strong squad last month and after coming so close himself in Athens in 2004 Adepitan believes Hall will never have a better chance with 10,000 home fans urging him towards the basket at the Basketball Arena.

With Britain currently ranked second in the world and fresh from their silver at the Paralympic World Cup in May, expectations of a medal have never been higher.

And Adepitan believes with the right blend of youth an experience in the squad Hall and co. will fear no one – including their World Cup conquerors America.

Adepitan said: “I think they have a great chance, it’s such an open tournament it could be their best chance ever. The fact we’ll be on home soil and the crowd is 90 per cent in your favour is a really big factor.’’

Lloyds TSB National School Sport Week took place from 25-29 June,2012, and is Britain’s biggest school sport event with more than four million pupils staging their own Games this year. Find out more at www.schoolsportweek.org.