Gliders coaches named ahead of 2012 Paralympic bid

Gliders coaches named ahead of 2012 Paralympic bid

Basketball Australia has named the coaching panel that they will seek to lead the Australian Gliders wheelchair basketball team through to the 2012 Paralympic Games, as they chase Gold in London.

Australian coaching great and former head coach for the Jayco Australian Opals Jan Stirling will continue to serve as the head coach of the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball program, with the Australian Paralympic Committee expected to confirm the appointment of Stirling along with head coach John Triscari, and assistant coaches Ben Osborne, and new addition to the panel, David Gould. 
Reappointed as head coach of the Gliders team, John Triscari led the team through to the Gold Medal at the recent 2011 Asia Oceania Zone Championship, and with it qualification for the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Also continuing his role as assistant coach for the Gliders team is Ben Osborne, who was also an integral part of this recent success. Joining the team as the second assistant is highly regarded coach, David Gould. A five time Paralympian, Gould is a full time coach under the ASC Scholarship Coach Program. Based in Adelaide, Gould, already an experienced basketball coach, has been receiving mentoring from Jan Stirling as part of the scholarship program in a bid to further his experience in the wheelchair game. “He’s another full time (wheel)chair coach in the system, we’ve had some terrific feedback from his state-based camps and clearly he has a wealth of experience to bring to the table,” Jan Stirling said of Gould. With a great deal of experience coaching able-bodied basketball athletes, and also possessing a great deal of experience with wheelchair sports in South Australia, Gould’s development into a first-class international wheelchair basketball coach will be an invaluable asset to the Gliders as they move into preparations for the London Paralympic Games.“We’ve certainly got a compact program planned for 2012 and we’re still getting in place international competition, but we’re still optimistic that we are going to have a terrific lead-up to the Paralympics for the coaches and the athletes and now it will be a matter of consolidating our squad,” she said. The Australian Gliders wheelchair basketball squad will gather for their first camp of 2012 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra between 18-22 January. They will meet for another five additional camps in the build up to the London Paralympic Games, which commences on 29 August, 2012, with competition running until 9 September, 2012.  

The Australian Gliders squad for the January camp is:

Clare Burzysnki
Amanda Carter
Shelley Chaplin
Cobi Crispin
Shelley Cronau
Leanne Del Toso
Caitlin de Wit
Melanie Domaschenz
Kylie Gauci
Melanie Hall
Bridie Kean
Tina McKenzie
Amber Merritt
Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy
Sarah Stewart
Sarah Vinci
Stephanie Van Leeuwen