London 2012: Hall nets Paralympics call-up

Wheelchair basketball player Jon Hall.
Wheelchair basketball player Jon Hall.

SHARP-SHOOTER Jon Hall is targeting gold at the 2012 Paralympics after his selection for Great Britain’s wheelchair basketball team.

But the Doncaster-born athlete has warned his team-mates to be more ruthless at the nets in order to get one over tournament favourites United States.

Britain lost twice to the States at last month’s Paralympic World Cup and had to settle for a silver medal.

America, Japan and Germany are set to be Britain’s main podium rivals at this summer’s Games.

“We’ve got a team that can beat the USA,” said Hall, a former Campsmount Technology College pupil.

“We just need to execute our game plan and stick to what we do best.

“There’s always stuff to work on.

“There’s been some hit-and-miss things but, overall, we’re going in the right direction.

“Our combinations have been really gelling together and we’ve been taking the right shots, but they just haven’t always been going in.

“The shots just haven’t been falling and the guys haven’t been shooting well.

“That happens sometimes but I definitely guarantee it won’t be like that in London.”

Hall was part of the British squad that won bronze in Beijing four years ago.

The 30-year-old, who now lives in Derbyshire, is a former winner of a Discover the Spirit of Doncaster award.

He will join Bessacarr’s Craig McCann in London after the 28-year-old was named in Britain’s wheelchair fencing squad.