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Myles Hesson – Gold medal-winning basketball player and Batonbearer

Our very own Myles Hesson from Sandwell has won Gold at the Commonwealth Games!

The world watched as Team England took Commonwealth Gold in a thrilling final of the men’s 3×3 Basketball at Smithfield against Australia. Myles scored the final two-pointer in a nail biting final.

Growing up locally has had a huge impact on Myles’ sporting journey, from playing basketball in school, to being coached at a local club, to representing Team England!

Myles, who grew up in Great Barr and then moved to Wednesbury, came through the youth ranks of the City of Birmingham Basketball Club. He played for the Birmingham Aces in the EBL2 before joining the Essex Pirates and then the Liverpool Mersey Tigers, along with earning his first international GB cap in 2012.

He then moved on to playing for several German and French sides in their respective basketball leagues, and most recently played for the Saga Ballooners of Japan for the 2021-22 season.

Back at home, he is also captain of the GB 5×5 men’s basketball team, which he says is greatest achievement so far.

Myles said before the Games that winning a Commonwealth medal on home turf would be an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity – and he’s done it!

Myles carried the Baton in Wednesbury. Find out more about our incredible day when the Queen’s Baton Relay came to Sandwell!