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
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