Roller and Spinners coverage on Canberra
05-Aug-2013 12:00 AM
The Australian Rollers men’s national wheelchair basketball team and the Australian Spinners Under 23 men’s wheelchair basketball team converge on Canberra from tomorrow ahead of a busy schedule of international competition.
A total of 28 players will be in camp at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence – the biggest camp the men’s wheelchair basketball program has ever conducted.
The reigning World Champion Rollers begin their preparations to defend the title ahead of the 2013 IWBF Asia Oceania Championships in November – the qualifying event for the 2014 IWBF World Championships.
For the Spinners, the focus is narrowing as they move closer to the 2013 IWBF Under 23 Men’s World Championships in Turkey next month, with this the final camp before the squad is trimmed to the final 12.
The camp will feature a host of established stars and emerging talent, including eight players from the Rollers team that claimed silver at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.
Rollers Head Coach Ben Ettridge said with a busy international calendar ahead of the Rollers and Spinners the camp will act as a launching pad for the exciting months ahead.
“From the men’s wheelchair basketball program perspective this is the biggest camp we’ve ever hosted, with 28 of our top 30 athletes together for six days,” Ettridge said.
“From the Rollers perspective this camp gives us an excellent platform to launch into our international schedule of the next three months leading into the IWBF Asia Oceania Championships in November.
“The camp will play a major role in the formation our Spinners team ahead of the IWBF Under 23 World Championships, with Head Coach Tom Kyle using the camp to finalise his squad for the tournament in Turkey next month.”
The Rollers and Spinners camp runs from Tuesday 6 August through to Sunday 11 August.
The 2013 IWBF Under 23 Men’s World Championships take place in Turkey from 12-22 September, while the 2013 IWBF Asia Oceania Championships take place in Bangkok, Thailand from 20-30 November.
Australian Spinners Training Camp – Canberra, August 2013
Michael Auprince NSW
Jannik Blair* VIC
Jordan Bartley QLD
Marcus Chiavelli VIC
Bailey Rowland QLD
Kayl Jeffery WA
Luke Pople NSW
Tim Markcrow ACT
Tom O’Neill-Thorne NT
Bradley Fisher TAS
Clarence Grogan NT
Ryan Morich WA
Colin Smith NSW
Jake Kavanagh WA
Australian Rollers Training Camp – Canberra, August 2013
Dylan Alcott* VIC
Michael D’Amelio VIC
Nick Radovich WA
Adam Deans WA
Bradley Ness* WA
Samuel White SA
Nick Taylor* NSW
Kim Robins WA
Bill Latham* NSW
Michael Hartnett* WA
Andrew Liddawi WA
Shaun Norris* WA
Shawn Russell NSW
Justin Eveson* WA
* Members of the 2012 London Paralympic Games team
By Basketball Australia