Wheelchair basketball will make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in the 3x3 format of the sport.
Amy Conroy, 29, receiving her call-up to Team England's women's wheelchair basketball team caps off an incredible season where she helped the East London Phoenix (UEL's first ever sports franchise) finish second in the inaugural season of the British Wheelchair Basketball Women's Premier League. Amy had a fantastic season finishing as the Phoenix's top scorer.
Amy is no stranger to international competition, having competed at three Paralympics and several European and World Championships. She's excited to see wheelchair basketball featuring at the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
England's first group stage match is against Kenya on 29 July 2022. Should Amy and her Team England teammates make it all the way, the gold medal match takes place on 2 August 2022.
Other UEL stars in Birmingham
Amy's East London Phoenix teammate Freya Levy is a batonbearer for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in recognition of representing Great Britain and England in wheelchair basketball, para ice hockey and wheelchair rugby league and wheelchair rugby sevens.
The talented para-athlete is also an advocate for diversity, the LGBTQ+ community and women's rights in the workplace.
UEL senior lecturer in the School of Health, Sport and Bioscience, Elizabeth Nicholls, was seconded for 12 months as the medical services cluster manager for the Commonwealth Games. Elizabeth is no stranger to working at high-profile sporting events, having also taken on similar roles at the London 2012 Olympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and Baku 2015 European Games.
Two of Ms Nicholls' School colleagues will also be in Birmingham for the Commonwealth Games including associate clinical lecturer, Leanne Simmons, who will be working as a physiotherapist, and senior lecturer Michael Cole, who will be embedded in the Sports Medical Services team at the Sandwell Aquatics venue and is mostly supporting smaller nations who do not have the funding to bring their own physical therapists to the UK.
The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham runs from 28 July to 8 August.