The Australian men’s wheelchair team, the Rollers, has headed to Perth for a four-day camp starting today, with 17 lower point classification athletes (1.0 to 3.0) in attendance.

Utilising the Bendat Basketball Centre and Joondalup Basketball Centre, this camp will provide an opportunity for the Rollers coaching staff to evaluate a group of highly competitive athletes in the lead-up to Rio.

From this group, approximately six or seven will be chosen for the Rio Paralympic team.

“We are very privileged to be holding our camp at the WA Institute of Sport and we thank them immensely for their assistance on our road to Rio,” said Rollers head coach Ben Ettridge.

“This a is different approach for us [but] it is a chance for our established players like Shaun Norris and Tige Simmons to work with the developing and emerging players and a chance for the coaching staff to see these guys in a competitive situation.”

Alongside Norris and Simmons, Bailey Rowland, Andrew Dewberry, Tom O’Neill-Thorne, Dylan Child and Jeremy Tyndall will be in attendance from Australia’s Under-23 World Championship squad.

Two notable omissions, Jannik Blair and Sam White, are both attending university in the USA so are unable to participate in the camp.

“Everything we are doing is focused on Rio, and the sustained success of the Rollers program through to 2018 and 2020,” said Ettridge.

The high pointer athletes will return to the Rollers for another camp in May.

The Rollers camp squad: Joshua Allison, Rhys Baxter, Jannik Blair, Dylan Child, Michael D’Amelio, Andrew Dewberry, Jay Dohnt, Damon Fent, Jake Kavanagh, Timothy Markcrow, Matthew McShane, Shaun Norris, Tom O’Neill-Thorne, Luke Pople, Bailey Rowland, Tige Simmons, Jeremy Tyndall, Tony Wade and Samuel White.

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