Liga Española BSR and La Federación Española de Deportes de Personas con Discapacidad Física today published the names of the women chosen to represent Spain at the upcoming 2015 IWBF European Championships scheduled to take place at the University of Worcester from August 28 to September 6.
The roster includes Lourdes Ortega and Sonia Ruiz who play for Fundación Grupo Norte, Sara Revuelta who plays for CD Ilunion, Cristinia Campos, Esther Torres and Lucia Soria who play for Deporte Integra Alcorcon, Almudena Montiel who plays for BSR AMIAB, Judith Nuñez who plays for CE Sant Nicolau, Cruz Ruiz who plays Servigest Burgos, Sira Moros who plays for CAI D Adaptado, Vicky Alonso who plays for CD AMFIV, and Vicky Pérez who plays for Getafe BSR.
Three players were cut from the team that went into training camp, including Aster Latorre, Beatriz Zudaire and Miren Lanzagorta. Despite not making cut, the national team plans to continue working with Latorre, Zudaire and Lanzagorta as team leadership sees promise in them, and believes that in time, they will be selected to the 12 person roster to compete in major tournaments. They want to continue working to develop their skills as players on the elite level.
The team is being coached by Abraham Carrión, who was selected after the Comisión Nacional de Baloncesto en Silla de Ruedas (CNBSR) sacked previous head coach José Miguel López in April. Carrión said narrowing the roster from 15 down to 12 was very difficult because of the high level of skill all the players have.
Spain will meet six other teams including Great Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Turkey. The top four finishers at the event will qualify for the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio. In the 2013 edition of the event in Germany, Spain finished fifth.