Rollers get ready for Paralympic World Cup

Rollers get ready for Paralympic World Cup

The Rollers are gearing up for the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester with a training camp in Varese, Italy starting today.

The camp, from May 12-17, will help the Rollers prepare to back up their result from the Beijing Paralympics with another Gold medal-winning performance in Manchester next week.

Four of the top five teams from the Beijing Paralympics will be going head-to-head in the three-day wheelchair basketball competition from May 20-23.

The Paralympic World Cup is the biggest international multi-sport event for athletes with a disability outside of the Paralympics and the Rollers will have tough competition from Great Britain, the United States and Germany.

The Rollers relegated Great Britain to the Bronze medal playoff in Beijing and the host team will be eager to get revenge on their home soil.

Jeremy Doyle, Kim Robins and John McPhail will be making their international debuts alongside eight Beijing Paralympians and Bill Latham, who returns to the side after being cut from the team prior to Beijing.

The Rollers face Germany in the opening men’s game at 1.30pm* on Wednesday May 20. Thursday will be tougher for the Aussies facing Beijing Bronze medallists Great Britain at 11.30am* with only six hours to recover before playing the USA that evening at 7.30pm. Semi finals will be played on Friday 22 with medal playoffs on Saturday May 23.

Check the Basketball Australia website for updates throughout the tournament and to get more event information go to the official website.

Official Paralympic World Cup Website

*local time in Manchester

The Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team for the 2009 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester:

Name/club/rating

Dylan Alcott/ Victoria Dandenong Rangers / 1.0 
Tige Simmons/ Brisbane Spinning Bullets /1.0 
Jeremy Doyle / Sydney Wheelkings / 1.0 
Adrian King/ Brisbane Spinning Bullets / 2.0 
Grant Mizens/ Sydney Wheelkings / 2.0 
Shaun Norris/ Perth Wheelcats / 3.0 
Kim Robins / Perth Wheelcats / 3.0 
John McPhail / Sydney Wheelkings / 3.0 
Tristan Knowles/ Woollongong Rollerhawks / 4.0 
Brett Stibners/ Woollongong Rollerhawks / 4.0 
Bill Latham / Sydney Wheelkings / 4.0 
Justin Eveson/ Perth Wheelcats / 4.5 

Photo courtesy of AFP