Pearls and Boomerangs head to INAS Global Games

Pearls and Boomerangs head to INAS Global Games

The Australian men’s and women’s basketball teams for athletes with an intellectual disability, the Boomerangs and the Pearls left for Liguria, Italy recently ahead of the 3rd INAS Global Games.

Fifty eight Australian athletes along with 28 support staff will contest the Games in the sports of athletics, cycling, futsal, swimming, tennis, table tennis and basketball.

The Boomerangs will be coached by Simon Robinson, who led his state team to the 2011 Ivor Burge men’s national title competition in Maitland in February.

On the floor they will be led by, Dean Pallier, the MVP of the Ivor Burge this year, along with Michael Paterson, who was awarded the honour of Basketball Australia’s Athlete of the Year Award for athletes with a disability.

The Aussies find themselves in Group B, along with Portugal, and France. In Group A, the team of Brazil, Venezuela, Japan and Italy round out the competition, which should be a tough one.

Meanwhile, the Pearls who are the current World Champions continue to be one of the leading women’s teams in the world. Much of this must be credited to long-serving head coach Larry Davidson, who has been with the team since early 2000s.

Only three teams are making the trip in the women’s competition, with the Aussies tackling Japan and Brazil. With the small number of teams competing, the Aussies will be favoured to take out the gold medal.

The inaugural Global Games was conducted in Sweden in 2004 after the ban of athletes with an intellectual disability from the Paralympics in 2000. 

While AUSRAPID is delighted to report that events will be re-included into 2012 London Paralympics, the opportunities are minimal and only in Athletics, Swimming and Table Tennis, so the need for the Global Games to showcase the excellent ability and initiatives are essential. 

Thanks to the ongoing support of the National Sporting Organisations, which includes Basketball Australia, as well as the Australian Paralympic Committee and Australian Sports Commission, athletes with an intellectual disability have continued to remain in high performance programs since the ban in 2000 and should add significantly to the success of the Australian Paralympic Team come London 2012.

In 2009, Australia finished top of the medal tally, and both the Boomerangs and the Pearls will be hoping that they can contribute to ensuring that the Aussies remain at the top in 2011.

2011 Boomerangs team for the 3rd INAS Global Games

Michael PATTERSON — Eltham/Victoria Metro

Nicholas HUM — Wantirna/Victoria Metro

Clinton JEE — Sale/Victoria country

Matthew JOHNSON — Newcastle/NSW Country

Mitchell MAVRAK — Orange/NSW Country

Adam MEREDITH — Granville/NSW Metro

Dean PALLIER — Orange/NSW Country

Jamie PHILLIPS — Vermont/Victoria Metro

Matthew SKERMAN — Mackay/QLD

Jordan EAST — Beaconsfield/Victoria Metro

Head Coach: Simon Robinson — Victoria Metro

Assistant Coach: George Havakis — Victoria Metro

Team Manager: Carmen Skidmore — Orange/NSW Country

2011 Global Games Men’s Competition

Group  A: Venezuela, Brazil, Japan, Italy

Group B: Portugal, Australia, France

The Boomerangs Global Games Draw:

 27/9       Portugal v Australia

29/9       Australia v France

30/9       rest day

1/10       Semi finals

3/10       Final

The 2011 Pearls Team for the 3rd INAS Global Games

Bernadette MILLS — Orange/NSW country

Danni BARDEN — Forest Hill/Victoria

Eliza-Jane MILLS — Orange/NSW Country

Kaitlyn PAPWORTH — Kilsyth/Victoria metro

Kasey WEBB — Doncaster East/Victoria Metro 

Kim PERRY — Caringbah/NSW Metro

Molly URQUHART-MORAN — Victoria Metro

Nicole HARRIS — Port Hacking/NSW Metro

Nicole SKERMAN — Mackay/QLD

Lisa MACKIE — St. Clair/NSW Metro

Head Coach: Larry Davidson – Newcastle/NSW Country

Assistant Coach: Jo Larkins – Victoria Metro

Team Manager: Sally Duncan – Victoria metro

2011 Global Games Women’s Competition

Australia, Japan, Brazil

The Pearls Global Games Draw:

27/9       Australia v Japan

29/9       Australia v Brazil

30/9       Australia v Japan

2/10       Australia v Brazil

3/10       Final