JAYCO Opals and GEMS to call Dandenong home

JAYCO Opals and GEMS to call Dandenong home

The current world champion women's basketball team, the Australian JAYCO Opals will call Dandenong home in their preparation for the defence of their World Championship title in the Czech Republic in September this year and their run for gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

The Australian U19 women’s team, The Gems will also utilise the facilities at Dandenong in their world championship preparations.

Basketball Australia General Manager High Performance, Wayne Carroll made the announcement at Dandenong Stadium today. Carroll says the team will use the facilities at Dandenong on several occasions over the next 2 years to prepare for the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 London Olympics.

“We are very pleased that the Australian JAYCO Opals will be able to regularly use the excellent facilities at Dandenong Stadium in the lead up to their world championship title defence later this year and the 2012 London Olympics,” he said.

“Dandenong has managed several key Basketball Australia events and international games and tournaments over the past 12 months and to be able to host the current world champion team is a great acknowledgement of their professionalism and the great support they and Basketball Australia receive from the City of Greater Dandenong. It is also fantastic that the JAYCO Opals will be regularly in Dandenong, the home of their naming rights partner JAYCO who are such an iconic Australian industry and major employer in the Dandenong area”

Carroll confirmed the first camp will be held in March.

“Whilst during the teams preparation for these major tournaments will require they at times will be required to be at the Australian Institute of Sport or on some occasions overseas, Dandenong will be their regular “home”,” Carroll said.

“The first of these camps will be held at Dandenong from March 17-19 where some of the best JAYCO Opals ‘tall’ girls will be put through their paces. The first camp will feature JAYCO Opals stars such as Lauren Jackson, Suzy Batkovic-Brown as well as some of the exciting young JAYCO Opals like Liz Cambage, Abby Bishop, Jenna O’Hea and Mariana Tolo.”

Carroll also confirmed the Australian Under 19 team The GEMS, will also use the Dandenong facility in their preparation for the World Championships later this year. The GEMS are coached by former Dandenong JAYCO Rangers head coach Dale Waters.