Basketball: Horstmann back for Sharks

Sheffield Sharks' Patrick Horstmann.
Sheffield Sharks' Patrick Horstmann.
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The Sheffield Sharks have today confirmed the signing of German forward Patrick Horstmann who will make his return to the club for a third season.

The 6’7” former German International will re-join his teammate Mike Tuck in the new season line up for the Sharks whilst continuing his off court career development with main sponsors B. Braun Medical Ltd.

Following a disappointing season with injuries hindering his performance, Horstmann is looking forward to a new year with a clean bill of health.

“I am so happy to be back in the team for another year, I want to come back and regain my position as a key member of the squad,” said Horstmann.

“Last season was very up and down on so many levels, but for me personally I suffered back to back injuries which hampered my game, I feel back to full fitness and I’m looking forward to it.”

Horstmann has also assumed a post with long term partners of the club B. Braun Medical Ltd, whereby he became responsible for developing ‘The B. Braun for Children’ community project called ‘B. healthy - B. Braun’.

The programme aims to ‘motivate and educate young people about the importance of good nutrition’ and being active, with pupils being offered professional tuition in basketball as part of the scheme.

This interaction between the club and the main sponsor, introduced more than 20,000 schoolchildren in South Yorkshire to basketball through a half time tournament, where pupils competed at Sharks games.

“Pat showed a lot of innovation in his ideas for B. Braun Medical Ltd which had a very positive impact on our community programmes and increased the opportunity for young people to access basketball,” said Managing Director Sarah Backovic.

“His ability on and off the court has proven to be a great asset to the team and I look forward to working him with him again.”

As the Sharks roster continues to come together the club is looking forward to a positive year ahead with the first game of the season on Friday, September 18 against champions the Newcastle Eagles.

“It’s all exciting,” continued Backovic. “I am sure that is possibly the toughest start we could have asked for, but we share a long history with the Eagles, it is never a dull game so we look forward to it.

“It is only game one but I’m sure it will set the tone in some way.”