BOOMERANGS AND PEARLS HEAD COACHES NAMED FOR 2019 INAS GLOBAL GAMES

BOOMERANGS AND PEARLS HEAD COACHES NAMED FOR 2019 INAS GLOBAL GAMES

Basketball Australia is thrilled to announce the head coaches of the Australian Pearls and Boomerangs, the national teams for female and male athletes with an intellectual impairment, as they prepare to lead the teams at the 2019 INAS Global Games in Brisbane from October 9-20.

Dr. Julia Walsh, a senior lecturer in sport coaching at Deakin University, will take over the head coaching role for the Australian Boomerangs.

Walsh has extensive coaching experience from community level through to leading high-performance programs of both genders and her desire and commitment to the disability sport sector is reflected in her involvement with the Ivor Burge championships.

"I am proud to take on the role of serving Basketball Australia and the current and future Boomerangs," said Walsh.

"I stand on the shoulder of giants, coaches and players who have progressed the game for athletes with an intellectual impairment and in particular Peter Corr and Simon Robinson and their coaching teams who provided the solid foundation and connections made in the local and international basketball community." 

Basketball Australia thanks Simon Robertson for his contribution to the program over the past six years as the former Head Coach.

Larry Davidson will return as head coach of the Pearls, having led the team to the World Title in November last year in the 3v3 format.

"I am thrilled to be given the task of preparing and guiding the athletes in the program to strive to excel in the Global Games next year," said Davidson.

"The depth of talent available is exciting and in the next month we will be selecting a squad to attend a camp in late July /early August. Playing an International event of this nature on home soil will be wonderful for the athletes and their families."

Robyn Smith, CEO of Sport Inclusion Australia, added: "Sport Inclusion Australia is delighted with it's partnership with Basketball Australia and the opportunity to focus on the Boomerangs and Pearls national programs in readiness for the INAS Global Games in October 2019 in Brisbane.

"We know both teams will represent Australia with distinction and we congratulate the coaching staff on their appointments and wish them well in their endeavours." 

Basketball Australia, in consultation with both head coaches, is now seeking expressions of interest for Assistant Coaches for both programs. Find out more information here.

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