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Basketballers to marry after on-court proposal

April 7, 2018

Jamell Anderson asked fellow England basketball player Georgia Jones to marry him just moments after the men’s team beat Cameroon 81-54.

The team huddled around Anderson for what his now-fiancee Jones thought was a post-match photograph.

The players then dispersed to reveal Anderson on one knee as his wife-to-be wached on from the sidelines in Townsville, Australia.

Jones, 28, had earlier contributed nine points to a 78-51 win over Mozambique for the women’s team.

Her brother Callum also plays for the men’s team and was part of the unconventional proposal.

Jamell Anderson Proposes to Georgia Jones at the end of the basketball match between Cameroon and England on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Image:Anderson and Jones are playing for the England men and women’s teams at the Commonwealth Games

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Anderson said after the proposal: “I only told (my teammates) just now.

“They initiated the plan really well, so that went perfectly.

“It’s been on my mind for a while, so now I can just play basketball.”

Anderson plays his club basketball for FG La Roda in Spain while Jones plays for Manchester Mystics in the Women’s British Basketball League.

Jones said: “I had absolutely no idea.

“He told me I was just getting a picture taken.

“I’m just in shock.”

Jamell Anderson Proposes to Georgia Jones at the end of the basketball match between Cameroon and England on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
Image:Anderson asked Jones’ dad for his permission before he popped the question in Australia

Anderson gained the approval of Jones’ father Jeff, a former England international and her head coach with the Mystics, before his on-court proposal.

He chose the Commonwealth Games as the ideal venue for a proposal as both players get to represent their country on the world stage at the same event.

Anderson said: “We both worked so hard for this opportunity to be here.

“Basketball is a very big part of our relationship so it just made sense to do it here.”

England head coach Andreas Kapoulas also gave the proposal his blessing, saying: “I’m so happy for both of them, they’re a great couple.

“I’ve never had a player propose on court before and I wish them so many years of happiness together.”