Gliders team named for Osaka Cup

Gliders team named for Osaka Cup

Basketball Australia is pleased to announce the athletes selected to represent Australia's Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Gliders, at the 2010 Osaka Cup in Japan.

The Gliders will be defending the title they won in 2009 against Beijing Gold Medallist USA, Canada (5th in Beijing), and host nation Japan (4th in Beijing).

The Gliders will depart Australia on February 15 ahead of the first game in Osaka on February 18.

The tournament is an important part of the Gliders’ preparation for the 2010 IWBF World Championship in Birmingham, England from July 7-17.

The team was selected following a training camp at the Australian Institute of Sport from January 15-18.

Head Coach John Triscari will lead the 12-strong team which includes 10 athletes from the Bronze medal-winning team from the Paralympic Games in Beijing.

Two-time Paralympian Tina McKenzie will captain the team that features a wealth of experience with five-time Paralympian Liesl Tesch and three-time Paralympian Amanda Carter.

Australian Gliders team for Osaka Cup:
Name / State / Age / Classification

Cobi Crispin / VIC / 21 / 4.0
Bridie Kean / VIC / 22 / 4.0
Amanda Carter / VIC / 45 / 1.0
Tina McKenzie (c) / NSW / 35 / 3.0
Liesl Tesch / NSW / 40 / 4.0
Clare Burzynski / WA / 23 / 1.0
Kylie Gauci / NSW / 25 / 2.0
Sarah Stewart / NSW / 33 / 3.0
Shelley Chaplin / VIC / 25 / 3.5
Katie Hill / NSW / 25 / 3.0
Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy / VIC / 23 / 4.0
Leanne Del Toso / VIC / 29 / 3.5

Head Coach: John Triscari
Assistant Coaches:  Ben Osborne & Matt Dunstan
Manager: Marian Stewart
Physiotherapist:  Miranda Wallis

Tournament Schedule:

February 18:  Japan v USA at 10.45am
                   Australia v Canada at 1.30pm

February 19:  Japan v Canada 10.00am
                   Australia v USA at 10.00am
                   Australia v Japan at 1.30pm
                   Canada v USA at 1.30pm

February 20:  Third place game at 10.00am
                   Gold Medal game at 1.30pm

Osaka Cup Official Website