KIERON ACHARA has been appointed as an ambassador for GB basketball.
He announced his retirement from both club and international basketball earlier this year following a prestigious career.
Achara was the youngest player to play for Scotland and spent over 10 years representing both Scotland and GB at major tournaments across the world. Earning 105 caps for GB and a further 30 for Scotland, he also captained both sides. The 2012 London Olympics and Commonwealth Games 2018 were among two of his finest achievements.
Domestically, Achara began his career with Falkirk Fury and ended his career with BBL side Radisson RED Glasgow Rocks, where he scored over 2000 points over 150 appearances. In addition, Achara played with teams across Europe, as well as spending four years playing basketball at Duquesne College in the US.
Speaking of the appointment, Achara said: “I love the sport of basketball. I’m honoured and excited to have the opportunity to help grow the game and inspire a generation within my new role in British basketball.”
Maurice Watkins CBE, chair of British Basketball Federation (BBF) which runs the GB basketball programmes, said: “Aside from Kieron’s extraordinary on-court achievements, he has also been a wonderful servant of the sport’s development, not least at community level, where he continues to inspire young people to change their lives through the sport of basketball.
“We are delighted that Kieron has agreed to join us as ambassador and we look forward to working with him. Following on from GB Women’s fourth-place finish at Eurobasket, this is an exciting time for British basketball. I’m looking forward to Kieron being part of the next chapter.”