The Championships for players with an intellectual impairment will see the Australian Pearls competing for the first World Championship 3x3 title.
The Australian Pearls already hold the Global Games 3x3 title and will take two teams of five players each to Italy for the 3x3 competition.
They first played the 3x3 format when it was introduced at the Global Games two years ago in Ecuador and came away with the gold and bronze medals, adding to their unique history of having medaled in every international competition for the last 15 years.
Ranked number one in the world in both formats of the game, the Australian Pearls are current INAS Global Games Champions (5x5), INAS World Champions (5x5) and INAS Global Games Champions (3x3).
“The 3x3 format is expanding in popularity around the world with many World Championship now playing this exciting format of the game we love," said Australian Team Manager Sally Duncan.
"The rules for 3x3 make the game very fast, very physical and really exciting as a spectator sport."
The 3x3 competition format made its international debut at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore and was labelled the “Hottest ticket in Town”.
The INAS World Championships will be held in Italy from November 19-28 where the Pearls will be looking forward to a 2015 gold medal re-match against Japan as well as strong teams from France and the USA.
The Australian teams were selected following their last training camp in Melbourne and with so many talented players in the squad, making the final cut to 10 was a difficult task.
“The determination and commitment shown by the squad members has made it very difficult to select the final ten players and all of those trying out should be very proud of their contribution," said Pearls head coach Larry Davidson.
"I wish we could take them all.”
The two teams will consist of some very experienced players matched with fresh young talent.
“Senior players such as Mills, Perry, Urquhart-Moran, Papworth and Harris will provide the core structure of our two teams," said Davidson.
"Our younger players on their second or third tours will bring another level of energy and excitement into the two teams.”
All players have represented Australia before, making this Australian Pearls team very rich in talent and international experience.
The Australian Pearls for the 2017 INAS Basketball World Championships:
Kim Perry (NSW)
Eliza Mills (NSW)
Nicole Harris (NSW)
Molly Urquhart-Moran (VIC)
Kaitlyn Papworth (VIC)
Kate Leckenby (VIC)
Jess McCulloch (VIC)
Evie Patterson (VIC)
Brittany Anderson (ACT)
Amy Howard (SA)
Head Coach Larry Davidson (NSW)
Team Manager Sally Duncan (VIC)
Assistant Coach Jo Larkin (VIC)
Physio Dave Taylor (VIC)
Larry Davidson, Head Coach 0417 469282
Sally Duncan, Team Manager 0418 369061
Robyn Smith, CEO Sport Inclusion Australia, 0418 979 459
Jan Stirling, General Manager, High Performance and Teams Basketball Australia – 03 9847 2302
PEARLS COMPETITION HISTORY
|1992||Paralympics||Spain / Madrid||1st|
|1994||INAS World Champs||Greece / Athens||2nd|
|1996||INAS World Champs||Portugal /||2nd|
|1998||INAS World Champs||Brazil / Sao Paulo||3rd|
|2002||INAS World Champs||Portugal / Madeira||3rd|
|2004||Global Games||Sweden / Bolnas||3rd|
|2006||INAS World Champs||Japan / Yokohama||2nd?|
|2008||INAS World Champs||Italy / Rome||2nd|
|2009||Global Games||Czech Republic / Liberec||2nd|
|2010||INAS World Champs||Portugal / Tondela||1st|
|2011||Global Games||Italy / Loano||1st|
|2015||Global Games||Ecuador / Guyaquil||1st and 3rd|
|2017||INAS||Italy / Loano|