Five Sydney Uni Wheelchair Flames have been selected in the Australian Gliders women’s national wheelchair basketball 20-player squad that will be cut to 12 for the 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada in June.
Wheelchair Flames representatives Sarah Stewart (three-time Paralympian, two-time World Championships representative, former SUSF EAP scholarship holder), Katie Hill (two-time Paralympian, one-time World Championships representative), Caitlin Lisle (U25 Australian team in 2011, SUSF EAP scholarship holder), Hannah Dodd (one-time equestrian Paralympian, U25 Australian squad) and Stephanie van Leeuwen have all been selected in the Gliders squad.
Having just completed a 10-game tour of Canada and the USA, the Gliders (who were represented by Stewart and van Leeuwen) will continue their preparations for the June World Championships when they take on National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) teams in May before heading to Europe for a series of warm-up games and final hit outs.
The European tour will take in Germany and the Netherlands before departing for Canada and their chance at winning the Gliders first World Championship medal since 2002.
A tough pool awaits the Gliders in Toronto, with Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Peru and France.
The 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships to be held in Toronto, Canada from 20-28 June.
For the latest information on the 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships visit the official tournament website at http://2014wheelchairbasketball.com/.
Australian Gliders squad for the 2014 IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championships
Mel Adams Victoria
Natalie Alexander The Be Active Western Stars
Shelley Chaplin Victoria
Cobi Crispin Victoria
Shelley Cronau MineCraft Comets
Leanne Del Toso Victoria
Hannah Dodd Sydney University Flames
Kylie Gauci Stacks Goudkamp Bears
Melanie Hall MineCraft Comets
Katie Hill Sydney University Flames
Georgia Inglis The Be Active Western Stars
Bridie Kean MineCraft Comets
Caitlin Lisle Sydney University Flames
Amber Merritt The Be Active Western Stars
Clare Nott The Be Active Western Stars
Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy Stacks Goudkamp Bears
Ella Sabljak MineCraft Comets
Sarah Stewart Sydney University Flames
Stephanie van Leeuwen Sydney University Flames
Sarah Vinci The Be Active Western Stars