The Australian Devils tip off their 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 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 Devils schedule for the 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
DateTime (AEST)Matchup
23 May19:00Germany v Australia
24 May18:00Australia v Turkey
25 May20:15USA v Australia
26 MayTBCQuarter-finals
27 MayTBCSemi-finals
28 MayTBCFinals and placings
Australian Devils squad for the 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Annabelle Lindsay4.5ACT
Teisha Shadwell4.5VIC
Georgia Bishop-Cash4.0QLD
Jess Cronje4.0NSW
Lauren Hardbottle4.0WA
Sarah King3.0QLD
Maryanne Latu2.5NSW
Mary Friday1.0WA
Isabel Martin1.0VIC
Taishar Ovens1.0WA
Victoria Simpson1.0NSW
Australian Devils staff for the 2019 IWBF Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball World Championships
Stephen CharltonHead CoachWA
Sarah GrahamAssistant CoachNSW
Dave HegertyAssistant Coach / Technical CoachQLD
Bonnie KerrPhysiotherapistVIC
Jane KyleTeam ManagerQLD
Steph ShellPhysiologistACT

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

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