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Gold Coast blushes as on-court proposal of a lifetime finds the basket

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English basketball player proposes to girlfriend on court Jamell Anderson proposes to Georgia Jones. Twitter

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

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 teammates.

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 teammates made for perfect foils to help get Jones onto the court, ostensibly for a celebratory picture after the English men reached the quarterfinals in front of the cheering women's team.

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

England's men beat Cameroon 81-54 to enter the last eight.

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