Peterborough’s Lee Manning started playing wheelchair basketball at the end of 2005 after trying the sport in a taster session at his school.
Just three months after joining local club the Peterborough Phoenix, the 4.5 player was invited to attend his first GB Junior Camp – earning a call-up for his first international tournament: representing Great Britain at the 2016 U22 European Championships.
After assisting Great Britain to silver at the U22 European Championships, Lee was quickly fast tracked into the GB senior team and soon made his debut for the GB men. He played at tournaments such as the BT Paralympic World Cup and tours across Europe and Australia.
In addition, on the domestic scene, Lee continued to improve and played for the RGK Rhinos Super League team before moving clubs and playing a key part in assisting the Sheffield Steelers to winning the IWBF Europe Challenge Cup 2012.
Lee’s good form for his clubs carried over to the national team and he narrowly missed out on selection for the London 2012 Paralympics being named as first reserve.
During the 2012/2013 season Lee obtained his first professional contract for Italian Club Santo Stefano, making an impact on the Italian League topping the Field Goal percentage (63%) and helping Santo Stefano to finish in the final four for the first time in 5 years.
In 2014, Lee made his major debut for Great Britain at the 2014 World Championships and, the following year, assisted the GB men to European gold and a place at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
At the Games in Brazil he was part of the ParalympicsGB team that beat Turkey to claim the bronze medal.
Off court Lee is a qualified Grade 2 wheelchair basketball coach and enjoys passing on his knowledge and experience to young junior athletes at his local club and those who are looking to follow in his path up to elite level.
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