Basketball England is pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah Wagstaff as Team Manager for England Women’s Commonwealth Games Team and to confirm that Paul Fisher, Basketball England’s Head Of Sports Science and Medicine, will support both teams at Gold Coast 2018.
Sarah Wagstaff is an experienced Team Manager and has been involved with performance basketball in various capacities for over 10 years, with eight years working on the international stage. On the court, Sarah has played in the WBBL and represented Wales at international level. She already has an excellent working relationship with members of the coaching staff and is known to many of the long listed players.
“I am so thankful for this opportunity and really looking forward to being back with the women’s team in this role” said Sarah.
“Having been to the Olympic Games and World University Games, I am really looking forward to working with the England Women’s team at another major sporting event. I can remember back in 2006 when the England Teams won Bronze in Melbourne and how fantastic that was and to now have the chance to be an actual part of these games is a privilege” she continued.
“I’m very excited for what this team can achieve!”
Paul Fisher, a chartered physiotherapist, also has a long association with performance basketball, both with Basketball England and in similar roles for the last decade. Paul’s remit will be to provide leadership and guidance to the two team physiotherapists, support with the physical preparation of our athletes and provide advice to the coaching staff throughout the preparation camp and competition time.
"After being involved with national team basketball since 2009 I am delighted to be attending the Commonwealth Games with Basketball England” said Paul.
“I feel that the experience built up over those years working with the elite squads at major championships, as well as my experience in other professional sports will allow me to assist the teams to prepare fully. I aim to ensure that when players step onto the court for those first games they are in the best possible shape"
Basketball England CEO Stewart Kellett said, "This is another exciting step for our Commonwealth teams as they gear up for this year's Games. Having the best support staff available for our players is always a priority and we're pleased Sarah and Paul are able to join our programmes."
Vladan Dragosavac, Basketball England’s Talent Development and Performance Manager, is also delighted with the appointments, “Both Sarah and Paul are very experienced in their fields and that level of experience is exactly what we need to ensure our teams are as prepared as they can be for the Commonwealth Games” he said.
“Sarah and Paul will fit in very well with the rest of our staff and the players will benefit greatly from their involvement.”