Earlier today, two members of RSV Lahn-Dill II, Annabel Breuer and Selina Rausch, were named to the extended 14 member strong Germany women’s national wheelchair basketball team.
Breuer is a 1.5 point player who has been a regular fixture on the German squad since 2010 where she helped her team to win a silver medal at the Birmingham, Great Britain hosted World Championships. Two years later, she was part of the gold medal winning German side at the Paralympic Games in London. Last year, she was with the team when they won silver at the Toronto, Canada hosted World Championships. She has played club basketball for Sabines Ulm, where she was the only woman on a mixed gender team. Outside of wheelchair basketball, Breuer is a wheelchair fencer who won silver at a Turin hosted 2006 Wheelchair Fencing World Cup when she was only 13-years-old. Having qualified for the 2008 Paralympics, she had to miss the Games because of a spinal injury.
Rausch is a 20-year-old 1.0 point player who wears number 14 when playing for Germany. Last year, she was part of the bronze medal winning Germany women’s under-25 team at the IWBF Women’s U25 European Championships.
Other members named to the German squad include Hannover United’s Linda Dahle, RBB München Iguanas’s Laura Fürst and Johanna Welin, USC München’s Lisa Nothelfer, ALBA Berlin’s Anna Gerwinat, Mainhatten Skywheelers’s Barbara Groß, BG Baskets Hamburg’s Maya Lindholm, Gesche Schünemann and Mareike Miller, Köln 99ers’s Marina Mohnen, BBC Warendorf’s Anne Patzwald, and BG Baskets Hamburg’s Annika Zeyen.
The team will be cut down further ahead of the 2015 IWBF European Championships scheduled to take place at the University of Worcester from August 28 to September 6. Germany will meet six other teams including Spain, Great Britain France, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey, with the top four finishers qualifying for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio.