Six Victorians have been named in the reduced Australian Women’s 3×3 squad in the lead up to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
Basketball Australia (BA) has today announced the seven athletes still vying for selection in the final Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament set to take place in Graz, Austria from May 26 – 30.
Victorians play a major role in the squad, taking up the majority with stalwarts Rebecca Cole and Maddie Garrick leading the way. Anneli Maley, Lauren Scherf and Marena Whittle have taken the 3×3 game by storm, while the squad will welcome back Alice Kunek, fresh off a championship winning performance in Poland which included taking out Finals MVP honours.
On speaking about the reduced squad and the challenge ahead, head coach Dave Biwer said: “The coaching staff were extremely impressed by the quality and competitiveness of the two camps we held over recent months in preparation for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
“We certainly had many headaches in selecting seven athletes for the next phase, but we are delighted with the strength, depth and versability of this group.
“Heading into the Qualifying Tournament we know other countries competing have been able to play international events during the pandemic which puts us at a disadvantage, but this Australian squad are experienced, skilful and very hungry.
“To be in that team that helps Australia qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics where the format of the sport is making its debut is providing added motivation, and I know we have a great opportunity to do just that with the talent at our disposal.”
The final four athletes plus a reserve for May’s 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament will be selected ahead of FIBA’s deadline of May 18.
Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Squad for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament
Rebecca Cole – Southside Flyers / Bulleen Boomers (Big V)
Keely Froling – UC Capitals
Maddie Garrick – Melbourne Boomers / Hobart Chargers (NBL1)
Alice Kunek – Arka Gdynia (Poland)
Anneli Maley – Sydney Uni Flames / Eltham Wildcats (NBL1)
Lauren Scherf – Sydney Uni Flames / Kilsyth Cobras (NBL1)
Marena Whittle – Adelaide Lightning / Knox Raiders (NBL1)