As the Australian Gliders gear up for a series of international friendlies in Osaka, Japan, one player is poised to make history.
Georgia Inglis is just one game away from reaching a remarkable milestone – her 100th game. With 99 games donning the green and gold already under her belt, the 28-year-old is set to etch her name in the annals of wheelchair basketball, marking a remarkable journey and a testament to her talent and dedication.
“It’s a dream come true to have played this many games for my country,” Inglis beamed.
“I’m filled with pride and gratitude for the hard work and dedication I’ve put into this sport and team, and my passion for the game drives me every day and I’m thrilled to be living my dream.”
Inglis praised her coaches for their belief in her, which she says was instrumental in her growth and development as an athlete.
“The best coaches are the ones who believed in me when I couldn’t believe in myself which allowed me to become the player I am today,” she said.
She also emphasised the importance of her teammates, stating that their camaraderie and friendship has been the highlight of her journey as a Glider, forging bonds that will stand the test of time.
“The teammates are by far the best part of this game, and I have developed friendships for a lifetime.”
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For the University of Alabama graduate and PhD candidate, life is busy as she navigates the balancing act between her academic pursuits and her basketball career. The demands of both have presented their challenges, but Inglis remains focused to rise to the occasion and make the most of every opportunity.
“I have recognised the opportunity playing basketball after having an injury and the role that could help in so many ways, that it’s actually part of my PhD research,” she said.
As she looks to the future, Inglis is passionate about giving back and helping the next generation of athletes coming through the ranks to reach their full potential. Through her own experiences, she knows the power that wheelchair basketball can have in shaping and inspiring young athletes.
“The biggest thing for my future in basketball is to support and encourage up-and-coming players to be the best they can be because watching new players develop and grow, and seeing the positive impact the sport has on their daily lives, is truly uplifting and inspiring.”
Congratulations on hitting this incredible milestone, Georgia!
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