Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier Jennifer Howard MP, launched the countdown to the 2019 INAS Global Games today at a function held in Brisbane today.
“The Queensland Government is proud to be the presenting partner of the INAS Global Games – Brisbane 2019, and I have no doubt Brisbane will be an amazing host city for this international event,” Ms Howard said.
“The Games will be a week-long championship, celebrating ability and promoting the power of sport to achieve social cohesion.”
“Athletes will compete across nine internationally sanctioned sports including: athletics, basketball, cycling, futsal, rowing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, and tennis as well as a number of demonstration sports in many of Brisbane’s World Class venues.”
“This is such a wonderful legacy event following the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).”
The 2019 INAS Global Games will see more than 1000 elite athletes with an intellectual disability compete across 9 internationally sanctioned sports at some of Brisbane’s iconic/international sporting venues.
In addition to the 9 internationally sanctioned sports organisers will also showcase the sports of Netball, AFL, Cricket and Hockey during the Games.
“We are excited to bring the Games to Brisbane and to work with the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council, to deliver the best Games ever, we did it in Sydney in 2000 and we have no doubt with the support of the Queensland Government, Brisbane City Council and the State and National Sporting organisations and over 300 volunteers that we will do it again here in Brisbane in 2019.” said Robyn Smith, CEO of the Global Games Sports Company.
Along the way organisers hope to use the Games to challenge perceptions, change attitudes and strengthen communities locally and globally, leaving a lasting legacy for the people of Brisbane, Queensland and Australia of the power of sport to break down barriers and create social inclusion.
Ms Howard said the Queensland Government was committed to ensuring people with disability could live the life they choose and have every opportunity to be involved.
“We want to create a better future by driving the changes we need to ensure our state is more inclusive and that people with disability can participate fully in all aspects of our communities,” Ms Howard said.
Media Contact Robyn Smith, CEO Global Games Sports Company
0418 979 459
Brisbane athlete Andre Rivett will compete in the SU-DS Athletics Championships in Portugal starting on Thursday 12 October. Australia’s sole and first representative at the Athletics World Championships for athletes with Down Syndrome departed Australia on Sunday excited, nervous and confident.
Sport Inclusion Australia CEO Robyn Ssmith was in Brisbane to wish Andre well as he embarks on his first World Championships.
“Andre is Australia’s first athlete to compete at these championships, it was a significant moment for Andre and Sport Inclusion Australia, so I was pleased to be able see him off and wish him and his mother and father all the best for the Championships. We hope Andre’s performance will encourage more athletes to compete and hopefully represent Australia at the next opportunity.” Smith said.
In all of his recent competitions Rivett has thrown personal best performances in the shot put and discus events, performances that put Rivett in medal contention based on previous World Championship results.
“Andre is focussed on personal bests and hopefully that will be good enough for a medal, but if not that’s OK.” Said Steven Rivett, Andre’s father who is travelling with Andre as Coach.
Andre’s events are as follows:
• Javelin 13 October at 3:00pm (Portugal), Midnight (Brisbane)
• Discus 13 October at 4:00pm (Portugal), 1am on the 14th (Brisbane)
• Shot Put 15 October at 11:00am (Portugal), 8:00pm (Brisbane).
For more information on opportunities for athletes with intellectual impairment and or down syndrome please contact:
In 2014, Sport Inclusion Australia (Formerly AUSRAPID) Board decided to create a scholarship to acknowledge the immense contribution throughout Australia which Marie T Little made to social inclusion for people with a disability using sport as the medium.
Marie was involved in developing the guidelines just before she became ill and sadly passed away.
The scholarship of $1,500.00 is available to assist one athlete to enhance their journey as an athlete.
Please download the guidelines and application form below if you have an athlete whom you deem suitable.
The Australian team of athletes with an intellectual disability attended the 1992 Paralympics in Madrid from 15 to 22 September 1992. Over 1600 athletes competed at the Games across 5 Sports: Athletics, Basketball, Futsal, Swimming and Table Tennis. Australia competed in all sports except Table Tennis. Australia’s team of 51 athletes and 18 officials finished on top of the medal tally with a total of 31 medals (13 Gold, 10 Silver and 8 Bronze).
Chef de Mission of the Australian team and AUSRAPID official, Marie Little, acknowledged the historical moment in her opening comments ‘The historical coming together of elite athletes with a disability [on the] Australian Team, albeit competing at two locations in the 1992 Summer Paralympics, Barcelona and Madrid, was a great achievement’
Swimmer Joseph Walker won nine gold medals and newspaper reports likened his medal success to multiple Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz. Swimmers Joshua Hofer and Rene Hardenbol won five gold medals. Women’s basketball team now known as the Pearls won the gold medal.
Indigenous athletes Donna Burns and Alice Toogood entertained athletes in the Village with a demonstration of Boomerang throwing.
When the athletes from Madrid arrived home they were specifically invited and enjoyed the impressive public reception in Sydney. Marie Little described what this meant to those who were involved in the Madrid competition: I don’t think any participant will experience a similar feeling ever – the superb Fairstar dinner and the unbelievable Tickertape Parade were mind blowing – my heart was pumping, my eyes misty, my throat choked – in the crowd British Airways staff, bankers and paper sellers, little kids and their mums and dads, people in wheelchairs and bouncing babies – bands and music, sunshine and cheers. Little concluded: ‘Thanks to all for thanking the Paralympians’
Queen’s Birthday Awards were announced in 1993, the successes of athletes with an intellectually disability were acknowledged by OAMs with the dedication: ‘for service to sport as a gold medallist at the Paralympic Games, Madrid, 1992’
Men: Wayne Bauer, Anton Flavel, Paul Mitchell, Jason Newman, Michael Stevens, Russell Torrance, Wayne Wright
Head Coach: Scott Goodman
Asst Coach: Robyn Hanson
Manager: Wendy Ey
Women: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood
Head Coach: Margaret Sheriff
Manager: Robyn Smith
Men: Michael Atcheson,Michael Glover, David Henry, Tony Hopewell, Mark Konings, John Lettice, Rodney Meddings, Lee Medwin, Dean Papworth, John Wright
Head Coach: Mark Walker
Asst Coach: Tony Guihot
Men: Jurgen Berens, Stephen Choat, John Fitter, Mark Harvey, Rob Lewis, Luis Marcellino, Willy Moen, Raymond Neaves, John Ruiz, Tony Thompson
Head Coach: Terry Pearce
Asst Coach: Jack De Cesco
Manager: Bruce Drake
Women: Brigit Bromhead, Sarah Jane Schulze, Stacey Smith, Justine Van Eyssen
Men: Jason Cooper, Rene Hardenbol, Joshua Hofer, Tim Krahe, Joseph Walker
Head Coach: John Boland
Asst Coach: Mark Lucas
Manager: Jill Gates
Gold: Anton Flavel (WA) – Men’s Javelin
Silver: Madelyn Ehlers (QLD) – Women’s Shot Put
Silver: Madelyn Ehlers (QLD) – Women’s Discus
Silver: Paul Mitchell (WA) – Men’s 1500m
Bronze: Anton Flavel (WA) – Men’s High Jump
Bronze: Anton Flavel (WA) – Men’s Discus
Bronze: Kaye Freeman (QLD) – Women’s Javelin
Bronze: Racquel Nugent (QLD) – Women’s Long Jump
Gold: Lorraine Archer (NSW), Tanya Atcheson (NSW), Donna Burns (VIC), Gladys Delaney (VIC), Melissa Gallacher (SA), Fiona Hinds (NSW), Annette Kelly (SA), Tina Kenna (TAS), Christine Humphries (VIC), Alice Toogood (SA)
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW) – Men’s 100 m Freestyle
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW) – Men’s 200 m Freestyle
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW) – Men’s 400 m Freestyle
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW) – Men’s 50 m Butterfly
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW) – Men’s 100 m Butterfly
Gold: Rene Hardenbol (WA) – Men’s 200 m Backstroke
Gold: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 100 m Backstroke
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW), Joshua Hofer (WA), Rene Hardenbol (WA), Jason Cooper (TAS) – Men’s 4 x 50 m Freestyle
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW), Joshua Hofer (WA), Rene Hardenbol (WA), Jason Cooper (TAS) – Men’s 4 × 100 m Freestyle
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW), Joshua Hofer (WA), Rene Hardenbol (WA), Jason Cooper (TAS) – Men’s 4 x 50 m Medley
Gold: Joseph Walker (NSW), Joshua Hofer (WA), Rene Hardenbol (WA), Jason Cooper (TAS) – Men’s 4 × 100 m Medley
Silver: Rene Hardenbol (WA) – Men’s 100 m Freestyle
Silver: Rene Hardenbol (WA) – Men’s 200 m Breaststroke
Silver: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 50 m Butterfly
Silver: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 100 m Butterfly
Silver: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 50 m Backstroke
Silver: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 200 m Backstroke
Silver: Justine Van Eyssen (SA), Stacey Smith (NSW), Brigid Bromhead (ACT), Sarah-Jane Schulze (NSW) – Women’s 4 × 100 m Freestyle
Bronze: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 200 m Freestyle
Bronze: Joshua Hofer (WA) – Men’s 400 m Freestyle
Bronze: Justine Van Eyssen (SA), Stacey Smith (NSW), Brigid Bromhead (ACT), Sarah-Jane Schulze (NSW) – Women’s 4 x 50 m Freestyle
Bronze: Justine Van Eyssen (SA), Stacey Smith (NSW), Brigid Bromhead (ACT), Sarah-Jane Schulz (NSW) – Women’s 4 x 50 m Medley
Anton Flavel (WA): Javelin (Gold) 51.52m, Discus (Bronze) 27.0m, High Jump (Bronze) 1.69m
Kaye Freeman (QLD): Javelin (Bronze) 24.16m
Racquel Nugent (QLD): Long Jump (Bronze) 4.33m
Madelyn Ehlers (QLD): Discus (Silver) 21.32m, Shot Put (Silver) 8.61m
Paul Mitchell (WA): 1500m (Silver) 4:19:64
Australia 48 France 27 (Donna Burns 22 pts);
Australia 47 Greece 32 (Donna Burns 31 pts);
Australia 65 Brazil 14 (Donna Burns 36 pts, Christine Humphries 13 pts) ;
Australia 60 Great Britain 19 (Annette Kelly 18 pts, Alice Toogood 12 pts, Donna Burns 12 pts).
(Donna Burns 24 pts, Christine Humphries 14 pts, Alice Toogood 8 pts,Annette Kelly 7 pts),
The Australia women’s 53-21 win over Greece was Australia’s first medal win in Olympic or Paralympic Basketball.
Australia 131 Jordan 13
Australia 65 Great Britain 20 (David Henry 28 points, Tony Hopewell 10 points);
Australia 54 Dominican Republic 111 (Tony Hopewell 20 points, David Henry 14 points);
Australia 19 Puerto Rico 137
Australia finished 7th overall
Australia 5 Czech and Slovak Republic 1 (Mark Harvey 1, Stephen Choat 1, John Fitter 1, Rob Lewis 1, John Ruiz 1) ;
Australia 3 Germany 3-7 (John Ruiz 2, Mark Harvey 1);
Australia 6 Colombia 0 (Ray Neaves 2, Mark Harvey 2, John Ruiz 2);
Australia 0 Greece 5
Australia finished first on the swimming medal tally winning 23 medals – 11 gold, 7 silver and 5 bronze medals. Joseph Walker won nine gold medals out of nine events which at the time was unmatched in Australia’s Paralympic history. Joshua Hofer won eleven medals including five gold. Rene Hardenbol won seven medals including five gold. The Men’s relay team won four gold medals in world record time. The women’s relay team winning a silver and two bronze medals.
The 25 year old from Taree in Northern NSW has been riding since she was 4. A member of the Manning Valley Dressage and Hacking Club, Sui competes in Australia as a Para Equestrian Grade 4 rider under her physical disability.
Sui also has an intellectual impairment which makes her eligible to compete in the INAS competition which is for riders with an intellectual impairment. The first INAS Para Equestrian competition will be a video competition where riders perform the required dressage routine at their home venue and submit a video for assessment by Para Equestrian judges.
The 2013 and 2015 Riding for the Disabled Grade 3/4 National Champion, Sui completed her first INAS international competition ride on Wednesday 6 September at the Taree Showgrounds under the watchful eyes of parents Paul and Janett Watts and coach Nell Marshman and has now submitted her video through INAS member Sport Inclusion Australia and now anxiously awaits the judges decision.
The high cost of transport of horses and quarantine requirements make a live international competition extremely difficult and expensive, conducting competitions by video enables organisations to conduct an international event at a relatively low cost.
The first Equestrian video competition conducted by INAS has been well received with entries from a number of countries.
Inspired by equestrian events at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics, Sui decided that she wanted to one day represent Australia in Dressage.
“This opportunity to represent Australia has been 17 years in the making, ever since we took Sui to watch the Equestrian events at the Sydney Paralympics, she has dreamed of one day representing Australia.” said Sui’s mother Janett Watts.
Horses have had an enormous impact on Sui’s life, as a young child she had issues trusting people, working with horses, Sui learnt to trust again and deal with her trust issues with people. Sui’s life today is consumed with horses, each day she gets up at 5:30am to rug and feed the 6 horses at the family farm on Mitchell’s Island. Sui trains 6 days a week including lessons with her coach Nell Marshman and when she is not working on the family farm or training, Sui works at Taree Big W and the local YMCA creche. On weekends Sui can be found at the Taree Showgrounds either competing or volunteering at competitions.
As a teenager Sui was fortunate to meet 5 time Paralympian Jan Pike. A Para equestrian rider who won two medals at the 2008 Athens Paralympics, Pike has taken Sui under her wing as a mentor over the last ten years.
Sui and her horses have travelled extensively on the East Coast competing in events in South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and NSW including her favourite venue where her dream started, the Sydney International Equestrian Centre. For 11 years Sui and her horse Bolagamy Accession were inseparable, sadly the 11 year partnership came to an end in 2015 with the horses passing. Today Sui rides her new favourite mare Springfield Festivity, affectionately known as Reenie.
“It has taken almost two years for Sui and Reenie to form a partnership and now they just keep getting better and better.” Janett Watts
For Sui riding is all about her and her horse doing the best that they can, it doesn’t matter where they come as long as they do their best, and if it doesn’t happen it doesn’t worry her either, she just says “oh well maybe next time” but just like anyone else she does like doing well.
In 2012, Sui, family and coach Nell Marshman travelled to Taiwan for the International Hope Cup which is a dressage event for riders with an intellectual impairment and or physical disability. The 2012 event featured riders from Taiwan, Singapore, Japan and Australia. It was a successful trip for Sui and her borrowed Palimino pony Tom, with Sui returning with 3 medals.
“Riding has given Sui an amazing self esteem and developed her confidence, she loves nothing more than being at a horse event chatting to everyone and showing off her gorgeous girl.” said father Paul Watts.
While the Watts have made an enormous contribution to the riding community, they also appreciate and thank the Taree community for the support that they have provided to Sui. The Taree community have supported Sui in numerous ways, and as the saying goes – “it really does take a community to raise a child” and the Taree community certainly have played a part.
Riding is an expensive sport, aside from the costs of travelling to events all over the countryside there are also the numerous costs associated with the horses upkeep. Sui and family have been fortunate to have had great support from Caterflex, which is a joint supplement for both animals and humans, riding older ponies it is very important to keep them in top condition, the support of Caterflex has enabled Sui and family to do just that.
Contacts Paul Watts (Sui’s father): 0411 484 563
Robyn Smith Chief Executive Officer, Sport Inclusion Australia: 0418 979 459
Sport Inclusion Australia and Down Syndrome Swimming Australia have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to promote opportunities for swimmers with Down Syndrome.
Established in 1986, AUSRAPID was formed to provide opportunities for people with integration difficulties, primarily intellectual disability, Sport Inclusion Australia’s Vision is “Community inclusion through sport”. Working closely with National Sporting Organisations, Sport Inclusion Australia has been instrumental in ensuring that people with an intellectual impairment have opportunities to participate in the sport of their choice, and through their work with the Australian Paralympic Committee and INAS, athletes also have an elite competition pathway should they choose.
Down Syndrome Swimming Australia was formed in 2004, formerly Down Syndrome Swimming Down Under, to enable swimmers to compete in quality International competition.The inaugural event was in 2004 and Australia has competed in every event since with great success.
In 2017, INAS and Sport Inclusion Australia have expanded their charter to include athletes with an intellectual disability and significant additional impairment (Down Syndrome) and athletes with high functioning autism. These changes initiated discussions between Sport Inclusion Australia and Down Syndrome Swimming Australia to work in collaboration to ensure better opportunities and resourcing was provided to swimmers with Down Syndrome.
“We have worked extremely closely with Down Syndrome Swimming Australia since its inception, due to our shared philosophy, so it is extremely exciting to be signing this MOU to ensure that opportunities for swimmers with Down Syndrome continued to be improved” said Robyn Smith Chief Executive Officer of Sport Inclusion Australia.
With a proven record working with sporting organisations to provide opportunities for athletes with an intellectual disability, and with the changes made to expand their charter to include a wider remit in the intellectual impairment area, Sport Inclusion Australia will now represent athletes with Down Syndrome when liaising with National Sporting Organisations.
“We are pleased to formalise our working arrangements with Sport Inclusion Australia, particularly with the INAS mandate to expand International competition to include our swimmers.” Said Simon Cox, President of Down Syndrome Swimming Australia.
The first INAS event to include Down Syndrome as an additional class will be the 2017 INAS Swimming Championships in Mexico in November, with the 9th Down Syndrome Swimming World Championships to be held in Canada in July 2018. Locally the Down Syndrome Swimming Australia short course National Championships will be held in Geelong from the 23rd to 24th of September.
The Australian Men’s Basketball team for players with an intellectual disability (Boomerangs) will return to Loano Italy for the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships in November.
The Boomerangs last played in Loano in 2011, where they finished fourth losing the Bronze medal playoff to Portugal 46-79. This year they will return with a completely new team. Led by the 2013 INAS World Championship Bronze medallists: Jarrod Thomson (VIC), Joshua Cleary (TAS), Bradley Kinross (SA) and Wayne Kinross (SA) the Boomerangs will be looking to improve on their last result in Loano.
The team has had a great preparation with a tour to Japan, the Ivor Burge Championships in Bendigo and the 2017 Queens Birthday Long Weekend Tournament in Melbourne along with several training camps. “This time together has been invaluable for the team, both in allowing players to gel as a team and for the coaches to appreciate the players strengths and combinations.” said Simon Robinson Boomerangs Head Coach.
Other players to make their way into the team include: 2015 Global Games representatives Frazer Dawber (VIC), Justin Koenig (ACT) and Jake De La Motte (VIC) along with team debutants James Myers (VIC), Dylan Pace (TAS), and Jack Littleton (ACT).
De La Motte stood out at the Ivor Burge Championships in Bendigo, while debutantes Myers and Pace impressed with outstanding performances at the 2017 Queens Birthday tournament and the 2016 tour of Japan. ACT’s Littleton’s size and strength will come in handy against the larger European teams.
“There is a good blend of experience and youth in the team and after just missing out on a medal in Ecuador they will be keen to go one better this tournament” Simon Robinson
While the Boomerangs are currently ranked 6th in the World they have never been far from the medals having reached the medal round in half of the Championship tournaments since 1992, winning Bronze in Portugal in 1996 and Turkey in 2013.
All Australian Camp Easter 2017
Bronze medal playoff in Loano in 2011 v Portugal
2013 INAS World Champs in Turkey bronze medal presentation
Australian Boomerangs debutante Dylan Pace (TAS) at the 2017 Ivor Burge Basketball Championships
Frazer Dawber (VIC)
Jake De La Motte (VIC)
James Myers (VIC)
Jarrod Thomson (VIC)
Brad Kinross (SA)
Wayne Kinross (SA)
Dylan Pace (Tas)
Joshua Cleary (Tas)
Justin Koenig (ACT)
Jack Littleton (ACT)
Head Coach: Simon Robinson (VIC)
Assistant Coach: George Havakis (VIC)
Tech Asst Coach: Justin May (VIC)
Medical: David Taylor (VIC)
Manager: Trish Currie (VIC)
Simon Robinson: Boomerangs Head Coach 0416 293 021
Robyn Smith: CEO Sport Inclusion Australia, 0418 979 459
Jan Stirling: General Manager, High Performance and Teams Basketball Australia – 03 9847 2302
Brisbane’s Andre Rivett has been selected to represent Australia at the 2017 SU-DS Athletics World Championships for athletes with Down Syndrome. Rivett will be Australia’s first representative at the Championships which will be held from the 12th to the 16th of October in Porto Portugal.
A member of the QE II Track Club, Rivett competes regularly at Queensland Athletics competitions throwing senior weights in all of his throwing events. For the SU-DS Championships Rivett will throw lighter weights and has had to adjust his training over the past 3 months to compensate for this change in weight, thankfully for Rivett Queensland Athletics has supported him in his preparation allowing him to throw the lighter weighted implements in recent competitions.
Rivett’s last 4 competitions has seen him set a number of personal bests in each of his throwing events and will go into the Championships in Portugal full of confidence. Rivett’s last competition prior to the Championships was at Ipswich last weekend and saw Rivett throw a huge personal best throw of 23.14m in the Discus.
Based on previous SU-DS Athletics results, Rivett’s performances with the shot put and his recent personal best throw with the Discus have him in contention for a medal in both, with his javelin results suggesting a top 8 finish.
This will be Rivett’s second competition representing Australia having represented at the 2016 Melanesian Games in Suva, where he also competed in the Shot put, discus and javelin events. Whilst not medalling in Suva, Rivett recorded personal best throws for shot put and javelin events.
Introduced to athletics by his sports teacher, Mrs Porter at Kuraby Special School, Rivett has competed in and trained for a number of sports, but has focussed solely on athletics for the past 6 years. Since setting his sights on the Championships in Portugal Rivett has committed to his training program which sees him and his family make the one hour trip from Logan to the Gold Coast to train under throws coach Brett Green twice a week along with regular gym and track sessions back in Brisbane.
“The opportunity for Andre to represent his country is amazing, it has had an impact on Andre’s athletic performances and also his self esteem. He is well recognised by other throwers and athletes who have all been very supportive.” Steven Rivett said.
Rivett will be accompanied by his parents Steven and Christine who will fill the roles of Coach and Manager. Team Rivett departs on the 9th of October with the Championships to be held from the 12th to the 16th.
A self funded trip, the Rivett’s have been fortunate to have support from father Steven’s employer Road Gear Australasia, who have not only approved Steven’s leave to attend the Championships, but have also covered Andre’s costs.
Sport Inclusion Australia has traditionally worked with National and State sporting organisations to provide an opportunity for people with intellectual impairment, ensuring that sport is for all Australian’s. A recent change has seen Sport Inclusion Australia expand its charter beyond the World health Organisations definition of intellectual disability to now include athletes with high functioning autism and significant additional impairments, e.g. down syndrome. This change has resulted in an opportunity for athletes with down syndrome to compete at the SU-DS Athletics Championships, and also upcoming INAS events.
The upcoming INAS Table Tennis and Swimming Championships will include for the first time athletes with down syndrome. INAS is the International Federation for athletes with intellectual impairment.
For more information on sporting opportunities for people with down syndrome or intellectual impairment in Queensland please contact Chantel Lewis at Life Stream Australia on 07 3394 4399
For more information on Athletics please contact Queensland Athletics on 07 3343 0900
Basketball Australia have announced the 10 players selected to represent Australia (The Pearls) at the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships in Loano, Italy in November.
The Championships for players with an intellectual impairment will see the Australian Pearls competing for the first World Championship 3×3 title. The Australian Pearls already hold the Global Games 3×3 title which they won in Ecuador in 2015. Australia will take two teams of 5 players each to Italy for the three on three competition.
The Australian Pearls first played the 3 on 3 format when it was introduced at the Global Games in Ecuador in 2015 coming away with the Gold and Bronze medals, adding to their unique history of achievements of having medalled in every international competition for the last 15 years. Ranked number 1 in the world in both formats of the game the Australian Pearls are current INAS Global Games Champions (5×5), INAS World Champions (5×5) and INAS Global Games Champions (3×3).
“The 3×3 format is expanding in popularity around the world with many World Championship now playing this exciting format of the game we love. The rules for 3×3 make the game very fast, very physical and really exciting as a spectator sport.“ said Sally Duncan Australian Team Manager. The 3 on 3 competition format made its international debut at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and was labelled the “Hottest ticket in Town”.
The INAS World Championships will be in Italy (19th – 28th November), in Loana. The Australian Pearls are looking forward to the 2015 Gold medal rematch against Japan as well as other teams from France and the USA.
The Australian teams were selected following their last training camp in Melbourne on the weekend of 19-20 August, and with so many talented players in the squad, making the final cut to 10 was a difficult task. “The determination and commitment shown by the squad members has made it very difficult to select the final 10 players, and all of those trying out should be very proud of their contribution. I wish we could take them all.” Larry Davidson (Head Coach).
The two teams will consist of some very experienced players matched with fresh young talent.
“Senior players such as Mills, Perry, Urguhart-Moran, Papworth and Harris will provide the core structure of our two teams. Our younger players on their second / third tours will bring another level of energy and excitement into the two teams.” Davidson said
All players have represented Australia before, making this Australian Pearls team very rich in talent and international experience.
The 10 players selected to represent Australia at the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships are:
Kim Perry (NSW)
Eliza Mills (NSW)
Nicole Harris (NSW)
Molly Urquhart-Moran (VIC)
Kaitlyn Papworth (VIC)
Kate Leckenby (VIC)
Jess McCulloch (VIC)
Evie Patterson (VIC)
Brittany Anderson (ACT)
Amy Howard (SA)
Head Coach: Larry Davidson (NSW)
Team Manager: Sally Duncan (VIC)
Assistant Coach: Jo Larkin (VIC)
Physio: Dave Taylor (VIC)
Larry Davidson, Head Coach: 0417 469282
Sally Duncan, Team Manager: 0418 369061
Robyn Smith, CEO Sport Inclusion Australia: 0418 979 459
Jan Stirling, General Manager, High Performance and Teams Basketball Australia: 03 9847 2302
Tennis Australia has announced that its 2018 Australian Tennis Championships for athletes with an intellectual impairment, running from 24-27 January in Melbourne, will feature mixed doubles for the first time as well as increased prize money.
Taking place in partnership with Sport Inclusion Australia, the competition is being sanctioned by the International Federation for Athletes with an Intellectual Impairment (INAS).
It is the 21st edition of the tournament and is open to players from around the world. It will be run alongside the Australian Open with athletes playing on the same outside courts.
As well as mixed doubles, titles in men’s and women’s singles and doubles will be contested. Preliminary round and main draw matches will be held at the Albert Reserve and finals at the iconic Melbourne Park.