The Captain of the London Lions Basketball Club, Joe Ikhinmwin has been selected to play for the England National Squad at this year’s Commonwealth Games and hope it will inspire the country’s kids.
Joe, who has previously played for the Great Britain under 20 team and attended South Caroline State University on a full Basketball scholarship, will be one of 12 players to represent the country at the Gold Coast-based games.
The East London born and raised professional Basketball player said: “It is a great honour to be selected to represent my family, The London Lions, and Basketball England at the Commonwealth Games.”
The professional athlete and founder of the sports coaching company, ICanWin Sports, is hoping to use the experience to further inspire the younger generation to lead more active lifestyles.
Joe is a GLL Sport Foundation supported athlete, University of East London sports scholar, and ambassador for the charity, London Sports trust. He has long recognised the importance of using his successes and athletic journey to exemplify the opportunities sports can create and set up ICanWin Sports to inspire and motivate other young people across the UK.
Joe said: “I really hope I can use this opportunity (of representing England) to help young people realise that anything is possible. I was fortunate to have some great role models as a child and I set up ICanWin Sports ensure even more young people are inspired and achieve their full potential through sport.
“Competing at the Commonwealth Games will undoubtedly be an incredible experience. It is important that I use the opportunity as an example of what can be achieved with hard-work, determination and the right attitude.”
Commenting on the work of his of his sports coaching company: “ICanWin Sports works in partnership with a number of schools, sports clubs and community groups to deliver engaging and skills-based lessons through a range of sports activities.”
Congratulation Joe from us here at the GLL Sport Foundation and Good Luck in the Gold Coast 2018.