The Australian Devils tip off their 2019 International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Women’s Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships campaign on 23 May, aiming to equal or better their silver medal winning performances from the previous two tournaments.

The Devils have departed for Suphan Buri, Thailand, where they will be one of eight teams vying for the title of world champion.

The majority of the Australian team, including Maryanne Latu, Jess Cronje, Georgia Bishop-Cash, Mary Friday, Isabel Martin and Taishar Ovens, has several years’ experience in the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League.

Developing athletes Lauren Hardbottle, Sarah King, Victoria Simpson and Teisha Shadwell, who are all under the age of 17, will be joined by the most experienced player on the roster in Australian Glider Annabelle Lindsay, who competed at last year’s 2018 IWBF Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, and spent the last season with the University of Texas at Arlington in the USA.

“This is an exciting time,” said Head Coach Stephen Charlton. “We have a young team of exciting athletes that we believe have fantastic opportunities in front of them.”

Head of Wheelchair Basketball Leigh Gooding added: “This is a young, developing group, and a fantastic squad of young women that will do us proud.

“They will need to come together very quickly in the early rounds, in what is sure to be a testing environment to make a run at a medal, but we are confident with the personnel we have selected.”

The Gliders will face Germany, Turkey and the USA in the group stage from 23-25 May, with every team advancing to the quarter-finals on Sunday (26 May).

All games can be viewed live on Facebook and YouTube, with statistics available here.

Australian Team – 2019 IWBF Women’s Under-25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Athlete Classification State
Annabelle Lindsay 4.5 ACT
Teisha Shadwell 4.5 VIC
Georgia Bishop-Cash 4.0 QLD
Jess Cronje 4.0 NSW
Lauren Hardbottle 4.0 WA
Sarah King 3.0 QLD
Maryanne Latu 2.5 NSW
Mary Friday 1.0 WA
Isabel Martin 1.0 VIC
Taishar Ovens 1.0 WA
Victoria Simpson 1.0 NSW
Name Role State
Stephen Charlton Head Coach WA
Sarah Graham Assistant Coach NSW
Dave Hegerty Assistant Coach / Technical Coach QLD
Bonnie Kerr Physiotherapist VIC
Jane Kyle Team Manager QLD
Steph Shell Physiologist ACT
Draw – 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Date Game Time (AEST)
23 May Germany v Australia 19:00
24 May Australia v Turkey 18:00
25 May USA v Australia 20:15
26 May Quarter-finals TBC
27 May Semi-finals TBC
28 May Finals and placings TBC

By Basketball Australia
Posted: 20/05/2019
Photo with thanks to Basketball Australia