Seevic student Jim flies the flag for Team GB in Turkey
Friday, 04 October 2013
A sixteen-year-old Seevic College student is celebrating after helping Team GB achieve fourth place at the Wheelchair Basketball Under 23 World Championships.
Jim Palmer was the youngest member of the squad as Team GB enjoyed a successful run through the competition, held in Adana, Turkey, between 5-15 September.
And despite not bringing home the gold medal the tournament was huge personal success for Jim, who averaged 18 minutes of playing time per match in the competition before the team finally lost out to Australia at the semi-final stage.
Jim said: “The experience of being part of the squad was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The whole team worked incredibly well together and there was a great team spirit.”
Being part of the competition was extra sweet for Jim, who had narrowly missed out on selection for the previous year’s European Championship squad.
He adds: “I was so nervous before I found out I had been selected. I worked so hard for it, taking on board feedback from coaches to boost my fitness and become faster on the court.”
"The experience of being part of the squad was absolutely amazing." 16-year-old Jim Palmer
Jim, who has been paralysed from the waist down since birth, took up wheelchair basketball aged 10. He was first spotted by a Team GB scout aged 12 and has been attending national training camps since he was 13.
In addition to Team GB, Jim also plays for the London Titans basketball club based in East London. He credits his family for supporting him on his journey that he hopes may eventually lead to the Paralympics in 2016 or 2020.
Jim says: “My parents and my sister are really supportive and I couldn’t have bounced back to make the Team GB squad without them.”
He adds: “They don’t look at me as being any different to anyone else. I’ve always had the opportunities to try anything that I’ve wanted to.”
Jim, who previously attended Mayflower High School in Billericay, enrolled on the Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science course at Seevic College in September 2013.
He says: “Staff and students at the College are really friendly and it’s been a great experience so far.”
The College’s competitive sport department, Seevic Storm, enables students to compete at the highest level of national competition in a wide range of sports.
The College’s next Open Evening takes place on Tuesday 8 October 2013 at Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, between 5.30pm and 8pm.