BOOMERANGS RETURN TO ITALY FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

BOOMERANGS RETURN TO ITALY FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

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 and be led by the 2013 INAS World Championship bonze medalists in Jarrod Thomson (VIC), Joshua Cleary (TAS), Bradley Kinross (SA) and Wayne Kinross (SA).

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 Boomerangs head coach Simon Robinson.

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, debutantes Myers and Pace impressed with outstanding performances at the 2017 Queens Birthday tournament and the 2016 tour of Japan while 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,” said Robinson.

While the Boomerangs are currently ranked sixth 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.

Team:

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)

Staff:

Head Coach: Simon Robinson (VIC)

Assistant Coach: George Havakis (VIC)

Tech Asst Coach: Justin May (VIC)

Medical: David Taylor (VIC)

Manager: Trish Currie (VIC)

Contacts:

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

Boomerangs Championship Results:

YearEventLocationPlacing
1992ParalympicsSpain / Madrid8th
1994Inas World ChampsGreece / Athens5th
1996Inas World ChampsPortugal3rd
1998Inas World ChampsBrazil / Sao Paulo5th
2000ParalympicsAustralia / Sydney6th
2002Inas World ChampsPortugal / Madeira4th
2004Global GamesSweden / Bolnas5th
2006Inas World ChampsJapan / Yokohama4th
2009Global GamesCzech Republic / Liberec5th
2011Global GamesItaly / Loano4th
2013Inas World ChampsTurkey / Ankara3rd
2015Global GamesEcuador / Guyaquil4th
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