Player Profile

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#07 Francesca Antoniazzi

Home Town

Llanfair PG

Age

13/07/1990

Women’s League Club

North Wales Knightmares

National League Club

North Wales Knights

Classification

2

Biography

Whilst recovering at Oswestry Hospital from a spinal injury five years ago Francesca was contacted by wheelchair basketball coach Mike Hayes who highlighted the opportunities to be involved in wheelchair sport. With the support of Disability Sport Wales Francesca found her local club, Anglesey Hawks, and attended a session. She instantly fell in love with the game due to its similarities to netball, a sport Francesca played before her accident. Rising through the ranks rapidly, Francesca has gone from playing North Wales League to representing Wheelchair Basketball North Wales Knights in Division One of the British Wheelchair Basketball domestic leagues. Alongside representing her local clubs, Francesca is part of the Welsh Wheelchair Basketball training programme that is building towards the Commonwealth Games qualifiers and is also regular attendee of the Great Britain Academy camps. Reaping success not only in the basketball gym, Francesca also formerly competed in Para-Powerlifting. Francesca encompasses all of what it means to be an athlete that pursues dual aspirations. Alongside competing in basketball at the highest-level Francesca works in finance for Menter Mon, a company that has been incredibly accommodating and supportive of Francesca’s engagement in basketball. The surge in basketball continues for Francesca as she joins the Archers family. Excited about her signing, Francesca says: “Having the opportunity to compete in the inaugural season of the Women’s Premier League is brilliant. It is a brand-new experience that will help me better my basketball knowledge and skill set. I am excited to compete in an all-women’s team at the highest level and see how far we go. We have a special group that will make sure competing in high performance sport still full of fun and enjoyable!”
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CONTACT

Archers Arena, Cyncoed Campus, Cyncoed Road, Cardiff CF23 6XD

For general enquiries:

swagstaff@cardiffmet.ac.uk

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