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8 Apr 2018
3:46 pm

Marriage proposal is slam-dunk at Commonwealth Games

AFP

An English basketball player stunned his girlfriend by proposing on-court at the Commonwealth Games -- but happily, she accepted.

Jamell Anderson of England proposes to his girlfirend Georgia Jones at the end of the Preliminary Basketball round match between Cameroon and England on day four of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at the Townsville Entertainment Centre on April 8, 2018 on the Townsville, Australia. (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Jamell Anderson lured Georgia Jones, who plays for England’s women’s team, to the centre of the court on Australia’s Gold Coast with the help of team-mates.

He then surprised her by getting down on one knee, producing an engagement ring and popping the question.

“I had absolutely no idea,” Jones, 28, said. “He told me I was just getting a picture taken.”

“I’m just in shock,” a tearful Jones added, struggling to articulate her emotions.

“I’m pretty speechless myself and I knew it was happening,” said husband-to-be Anderson, 27.

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

Anderson said his team-mates made for perfect foils to help get Jones onto the court, ostensibly for a celebratory picture after the English men reached the quarter-finals in front of the watching women’s team.

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

England’s men beat Cameroon 81-54 to go into the last eight.