11 QLD Athletes Named in Australian Paralympic Squads
1⃣1⃣ QLD Spinning Bullets players and Queensland Academy of Sport athletes have been selected for the Basketball Australia Rollers (6 players) and Gliders (5 players) squads ahead of 2021 Tokyo Paralympic Games.
Those named in the 20-person Gliders and Rollers squad will be vying for selection in the final team to represent Australia at the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics, set to take place from August 24 – September 5.
Newly appointed Gliders head coach Craig Friday said; “It will be great to get the group together and throw some new challenges at the athletes. I am excited to implement some new strategies and see how quickly we can adjust and adapt.
“The athletes have been very receptive to my leadership and the philosophy we have implemented off the court, now it is time to challenge it on the court.”
Australia is one of ten teams who will compete in the women’s wheelchair basketball competition in Tokyo. Split across two groups of five, they will play a round-robin in the preliminary stage to decide the top four placings in each group followed by quarter-finals, semi-finals and final.
The Gliders last Paralympics medal was at the 2012 London Games when they claimed silver, having secured bronze at Beijing (2008) and silvers at both the Athens (2004) and Sydney (2000) Games.
Speaking about the upcoming camp, Rollers head coach Craig Friday said: “With a little over six months until the Paralympic Games, this camp is extremely important to our Tokyo preparations.
“Due to COVID and the travel restrictions involved both domestically and abroad, we’ve not been able to train together as a squad since October 2019. So during this weeklong camp there will be plenty of court-time where we will work on technical and tactical aspects of our game in readiness for the challenge ahead.
“With some key members not in camp due to travel restrictions and other commitments, there is a great opportunity for squad members to put their name up in lights in front of the coaching staff.”
“There is plenty of competition for spots in the final Rollers team for the Paralympics and I’m expecting that competitive spirit to be on show in Canberra.”
The squads will continue their preparation for Tokyo when they assemble for a camp at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from January 28 – February 4.
Queenslanders named in Australia Gliders Squad:
🏀 Georgia Bishop-Cash - Brisbane/QAS
🏀 Shelley Cronau - Gold Coast & Spain/QAS
🏀 Natalie Curtis - Townsville/QAS
🏀 Hannah Dodd - Sunshine Coast/QAS
🏀 Ella Sabljak - Gold Coast/QAS
Queenslanders named in Australia Rollers Squad:
🏀 Jordan Bartley - Brisbane/QAS
🏀 Lachlin Dalton - Brisbane/QAS
🏀 Steven Elliott - Gympie/QAS
🏀 Bill Latham - Madrid, Spain/QAS
🏀 Matthew McShane - Gold Coast/QAS
🏀 Tom O'Neill-Thorne - Darwin/NTIS
Rollers Head Coach Craig Friday has also invited Brayden Foxley-Conolly (Mackay/QAS), Eithen Leard (Brisbane/QAS), Hayden Seibuhr (Brisbane/QAS) and Kurt Thomson (Brisbane/QAS) to attend the camp.
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