Conn Nagle

Conn Nagle

Key Achievements

  • 2016GB U23 v Germany U23 3 Game Series, We beat the German U23 team in all 3 games of the series and as a result we won the series.

  • 2016GB U23 v Ireland Senior Team 3 Game Series, We beat the Ireland Senior Team in all 3 games of the series and as a result we won the series

  • 2016The Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals 2016, I was part of the Northern Ireland Under 15 team that won the Lord’s Taverners Junior League Finals 2016 making us the UK U15 Wheelxhair Basketball Champions of 2016.

Interview

How did you first get involved in your sport?

I was 6 years old when I went for an appointment at Musgrave Hospital. There was a leaflet about the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club with all of the training times on it. So the week after I went to my first training session. I'm 16 now and I've been playing wheelchair basketball ever since.

What does a typical week look like for you?

I train with the Knights and with the Northern Ireland team three times a week; Monday 7-9pm, Tuesday 7-9pm, Thursday 8:30-10pm. This works out to about 5 and a half hours of training every week. I also still attend school at Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School from 9:15 to 15:30 from Monday to Friday.

What motivates you to continue in your sport?

I am motivated by professional players both from GB and abroad. I see how they play the game and to what level they can play the game and it encourages me to replicate this. I’m also motivated by competitions such as the World Championships and the Paralympic Games. I hope to one day be involved in these major competitions and this hope allow me to stay motivated.

Who is your sporting hero and why?

My sporting hero is Alexis Sanchez. This is because of his unbelievably strong desire to progress in his sport and achieve success. When he is playing a game of football, he is always the hardest working player on the pitch and is always chasing down opponents and giving his best for the team. I feel as though I can relate to Alexis’ mentality and desire for success and progress in sport.

What do you do in your free time?

Due to wheelchair basketball and school work I don’t really have much free time. However, I’m a proud Arsenal fan and so I enjoy watching Arsenal games on TV. I also enjoy going out with my friends and having fun. I have 3 brothers and so I also go and watch their Gaelic Football matches when I have the time.

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