• Phil Packer

GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball World Champion and GB Team player James MacSorley, joins the BRIT

We are delighted that James has joined our BRIT Ambassador family.

James is a Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball player and was part of the Great Britain U23 team who won World Championship gold in 2016 and part of the Great Britain team who won World Championship gold in 2018.

James MacSorely - World Champion and GB Team player

“I am passionate about supporting and improving young adult mental health and fitness as I have experienced mental health challenge growing up and having lived with a disability all my life.


I appreciate that this is a very challenging time for young adults and students; especially for those who are vulnerable or who have existing mental health difficulties.

As a former student at Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School and Queen’s University, Belfast, I know the importance of students and young adults receiving support and access to vital services when they need it.


BRIT are determined to support and improve the mental health, wellbeing and fitness of all young adults and students in the UK; their annual BRIT Challenge is an exciting opportunity that every UK university and college can embrace for the benefit of all their students and staff. I am delighted that the BRIT 2021 Challenge is inclusive and has been designed so that young adults and students of all abilities can take part in many different ways; at home or on campus.


I feel honoured to be part of the BRIT Ambassador family, and uniting with Olympians, Paralympians and sports personalities, to encourage universities and colleges to enter teams and support their students and staff as they complete their BRIT Challenge.

I look forward to championing BRIT and the BRIT 2021 Challenge in Northern Ireland so that all our universities and colleges enter teams and are part of this exciting feel-good fundraiser. I’ll also be encouraging sports personalities in Northern Ireland to join the BRIT Ambassador family.

I would be delighted to support students and staff at Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School and Queen’s University, Belfast should they enter teams in the BRIT 2021 Challenge.”


James, who was born with spina bifida, was introduced to Wheelchair Basketball when he was six years old by his mother, Anne. James’ sister, Eimear, played Wheelchair Basketball for the Carlisle Panthers. Their mother, Anne, and their father, Michael, fought for them to attend a mainstream school and be active in sport.

The siblings pursued their dreams of playing professional Wheelchair Basketball after playing at the Knights Wheelchair Basketball Club in Antrim when they were children.

The Knights provided the platform for James to develop his basketball skills and he progressed to play full-time for the Sheffield Steelers. James has also represented Northern Ireland.

James attended Aquinas Diocesan Grammar School in Belfast, then between 2013 and 2017, completed his Bachelor of Laws (Common and Civil Law with Hispanic Studies) at Queen’s University, Belfast.

In 2016, James helped make history when he was part of the Great Britain Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Team who won gold at the U23 Men’s World Championships in Canada.

James MacSorley - BRIT Ambassador

In 2018, James made history again, when he was part of the Great Britain Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team who won gold at the Men's World Championships.

In addition to representing Great Britain, James is based in Spain where he plays for the Spanish elite team ADM Econy Gran Canaria.

To learn more about Wheelchair Basketball. Please visit the British Wheelchair Basketball website.