SEEVIC College basketball star Abbie Jones says visiting Denmark for a national tour will be “unforgettable and inspirational”.
Southend Swifts’ Abbie was selected by coaches to visit the Scandinavian country for 16 days on September 16 to play against Danish and Swedish development teams, coach under-12s and experience the different culture of the basketball loving nation.
Eighteen-year-old Jones captained the girls’ team last season, having played for Swifts for the past five years and said to have been selected from a pool of hundreds was a “great feeling”.
“To be one of only 12 girls chosen to go on this trip is very special,” said Jones, who lives in Shoebury.
“I was told a couple of months ago that I would be going after the coach recommended me for a place with Team GB, and I just can’t wait to get there now.”
Jones was recommended for the tour by England basketball development coach and head basketball coach at Seevic, Steve Pearl.
Whilst on tour, Jones will also have three hour Danish language lessons and visit a number of historical sites as well as watch the Denmark men’s team in action.
Abbie enjoyed a successful year for club and school, scooping the “sports personality of the year” award at Seevic and was commended for her services to basketball.
Brad Wood, 16, captain of the boys’ team will also make the trip to represent England in September, having made his national debut for the under-17 side in January.
Craig Davidson, head of competitive sport at Seevic College, said: “We are all delighted with the selections of Abbie and Brad to such a prestigious event. This sits along the outstanding performances of our other sports at Seevic, where we offer students an unrivalled combination of study and athletic programmes.”