The Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Australian Rollers have gathered at the Western Australia Basketball Centre for their first camp following their World Championships win in July.
The selected squad of players have already begun the long road to Rio 2016, and the group of 18 athletes will form the core of the Australian Rollers team that will go a long way to representing Basketball Australia at the IWBF Asia Oceania Qualifiers in Chiba, Japan in October 2015.
The player selections are based on performances at the Incheon IWBF World Championships, the player commitment and work ethic in the daily training environment, program performance history, their individual and team performances throughout the 2014 NWBL season and daily reporting to the Athlete Management System.
Rollers Head Coach Ben Ettridge commented on this camp, saying “I’m very excited to get the Rollers group together. This is our first camp since the World Cup, and we have turned our focus on the IWBF AOZ qualifiers in October for this camp.”
The list of the Rollers athletes selected to attend the Basketball Western Australia camp include;
Shaun Norris – Perth Wheelcats
Justin Eveson – Perth Wheelcats
Tristan Knowles – Victoria
Brad Ness – Red Dust Heelers
Adam Deans – Wollongong Rollerhawks
Tom O’Neill-Thorne – Queensland Spinning Bullets
Michael Hartnett – Perth Wheelcats
Luke Pople – Wollongong Rollerhawks
Josh Allison – Victoria
Nick Taylor – Wollongong Rollerhawks
Michael D’Amelio – Victoria
Michael Auprince – Wollongong Rollerhawks
Shawn Russell – Victoria
Tige Simmons – Queensland Spinning Bullets
Matt McShane – Queensland Spinning Bullets
Andrew Liddawi – Perth Wheelcats
Nick Radovich – Queensland Spinning Bullets
Damon Fent – Victoria
The following overseas Rollers athletes including Jannik Blair (Alabama), Bill Latham (Spain), Sam White (Wisconsin-Whitewater), Jordan Bartley (Alabama) & Ryan Morich (Alabama) will join the chosen squad members at the University of Alabama for a training camp from the 21-28 March.
Head Coach – Ben Ettridge
Assistant Coaches – Luke Brennan & Craig Friday
Physiotherapist – Jesse Adams & Ryan Campbell
Physiologists – Jo Vaile & Peta Forsyth
Strength & Conditioning – Adam Wolski
Performance Psychology – Shayne Hanks
National Program Manager – Leigh Gooding
By Basketball Australia