Basketball - Pollock calls time on wheelchair basketball career

Former Great Britain wheelchair basketball captain Jon Pollock has called time on his 20-year career.

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Britan's Pollock during preliminary Group A wheelchair basketball match against Italy at the Paralympic Games in Athens (Reuters)

The 35-year-old made his Great Britain debut when he was 16 and brought the curtain down on an illustrious career by helping Team GB finish fourth at the 2012 London Paralympics.

This was Pollock's fourth Games appearance, winning bronze at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008, the latter as captain.

These Paralympic gongs are added to by a World Championships silver medal, won in Japan in 2002.

But it is not just team accolades that Pollock can boast in his trophy cabinet, having been named in the 2002 World All Star team and being crowned the European MVP a year later.

A series of injuries have forced Pollock to call time on his playing career, but the Liverpool-born point guard insists he is not about to turn his back on the sport.

"I have had a great career not just as a player but also as a GB bulldog, which has seen me blossom from GB junior captain to senior GB captain," he said.

"I started playing this game after seeing it during the 1992 Barcelona Games and made my senior debut at the 1997 European Championships in Madrid, where we won silver.

"I can leave this game knowing that during my time, GB has never been out of the top five in the world and I take a huge amount of pride saying that.

"After many hours watching tapes of past and present games, I feel that the time is right for me to pursue a coaching role.

"I have many ideas and lots of notes and thoughts that I collected over my playing days and will share with my new challenge, wherever that may be.

"I have tried my hardest both playing and training for this sport and now is the time to let the reins go and do it from another angle which is coaching the game"

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