BASKETBALL Australia and Sport Inclusion Australia have selected the Australian Pearls team for players with an intellectual impairment.
Victorians Kate Leckenby, Jess McCulloch, Kaitlyn Papworth and Evie Patterson all return to the green and gold with Montana Haag-Witherden making her Australian debut with the team.
Haag-Witherden made her Victorian debut this year at the Australian Ivor Burge Championships in Canberra, with Haag-Witheden, Leckenby, McCulloch, Papworth and Patterson starring in Victoria’s silver medal campaign.
The tournament will see the Pearls defend both gold and bronze medals in the 3×3 format, as well as maintaining status as the top ranked team in the world.
“The Pearls have been a dominant team in both forms of the game for many years now, a testimony to the commitment of players, coaching staff and Basketball Australia,” Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Smith said.
“We look forward to watching them shine in front of families and friends on home soil in Brisbane in October.”
“The determination and commitment shown by the squad members has made it very difficult to select the final ten players and all of those trying out should be very proud of their contribution,” Pearls head coach Larry Davidson said.
The two teams will consist of a contingent of experienced players matched with young talent.
“Senior players such as Mills, Papworth and the Anderson sisters will provide the core structure of our two teams,” Davidson said.
“Other players on their second and third tours will bring another level of experience and excitement into the two teams and we have three new young players who bring a lot of energy to the group.
“Seven of the players have represented Australia at multiple events, making this Australian Pearls team very rich in talent and international experience.”
Australian Pearls team for the 2019 INAS Global Games:
|Larry Davidson- Head Coach||NSW|
|Jo Larkin- Assistant Coach||Vic|
|Sarah Skidmore- Assistant Coach||ACT|
|Sally Duncan- Team Manager||Vic|