Essex Rebels student star called up for Great Britain

  • Date

    Thu 9 Nov 23

Essex Rebels Megan Haines dribbles a ball on a basketball court, she is wearing the home kit and is edging round a defender

An Essex Rebels student star is enjoying her “proudest occasion” on a basketball court after being called up to the Great Britain squad.

Talented guard Megan Haines is swapping the Essex Sport Arena for the national stage after being selected ahead of a crunch qualifier.

The 23-year-old who is studying for a Sports Therapy degree in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation, and Exercise Sciences will join the Great Britain side as they prepare for games against Sweden and Estonia.

After impressing in training she made the 12 women roster and is poised to play in tonight's game in Manchester

Megan who has represented Great Britain at under-18 level, averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season for the Rebels, helping them reach the British Basketball League Women’s Play-Offs.

She said: “Being called up for the GB seniors team has got to be up there with one of my proudest occasions.

“I feel camp is going well for me, and I am loving training with this group of very talented players.

“It will be an honour to stand up for the national anthem and play the game that I love for my country.

“Everyone has made me feel welcome, and I would like to thank everyone involved, especially coach Chema, for believing in me and giving me this opportunity.”

The news comes as the elite women’s team prepares to break the home attendance record for league game to mark the University’s 60th anniversary.

Ashley Cookson, Head of Basketball Performance, has praised Megan and believes she can make a real impact for Great Britain.

He said: “We’re very proud of Megan being selected for the squad of 14, representing the national team.

“In the short time I’ve known Megan she has been working very hard on her approach to the game and it’s great to see her being given the opportunity.

“No doubt this opportunity will help Megan to develop on and off the court being around the experience of the GB players and coaching staff.

“Credit goes to Megan for her continued search from improvements and passion for the game. Credit also goes to her Essex Rebels teammates, and her former rebels coaches Tom Sadler and Ross Norfolk.

“We will all be supporting the GB team with pride.”