Young Aussie hoopers have Gold on the mind

Young Aussie hoopers have Gold on the mind

Less than six days remain until the start of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and the Aussie men’s and women’s

Less than six days remain until the start of the Australian Youth Olympic Festival and the Aussie men’s and women’s basketball teams have descended on Canberra for their final tune-up. The best of Australia’s basketball playing youth will be in camp at the AIS until Tuesday getting the jump on their Kiwi rivals, who arrive Saturday, as well as China and Japan who arrive Monday and Tuesday. The youth multi-sport event, in its fifth incarnation and featuring 17 sports, is a significant part of developing future Olympians and a legacy of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The men’s and women’s basketball competition will be held at the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre from January 14-17, with Paul Goriss and Nicole Ireland coaching the men’s and women’s teams respectively. “This group represented Australia in Guam at the Oceania Youth Tournament in December last year and has had some international experience which will probably help them in this tournament,” Basketball Australia’s GM of National Teams and Competitions Lorraine Landon said. “It is a bit of an unknown just how strong the Chinese teams will be and the same goes for the Japanese teams but we are looking for both of our Australian teams to qualify for the gold medal matches. “More than anything we’re pleased to have a quality international competition at this age group happening in Australia.” The Aussie women, who are mostly aged 16, will contest the first game of the event against New Zealand at 8:00am AET on Wednesday while the Australian men will face the same opponent at 2:00pm AET on the same day. The Opening Ceremony for the event will be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Wednesday night. After Australia’s games against China on Thursday (men at 5pm; women at 7pm) and Japan on Friday (women at 5pm; men at 7pm) the men’s and women’s Gold and Bronze Medal games will be played on Saturday. 2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Basketball Teams Men: Name STATE Jackson Aldridge NSW Igor Hadziomerovic VIC Jackson Hussey WA Corban Wroe QLD Anthony Drmic VIC Hugh Greenwood TAS Sam Rowley NSW Stephen Rowe ACT Sam Gilmore VIC John Marriott SA Mitchell McCarron QLD Daniel Trist NSW Paul Goriss - Head Coach Jaimie O’Loughlin and Alan McAughtry – Assistant Coaches David Rehn – Team manager Eirak Ulvestad – Physiotherapist Women: NAME STATE Jillian Haughton QLD Kerryn Harrington VIC Nicole Seekamp SA Madeleine Garrick VIC Rebecca Cole VIC Ashleigh Karaitiana NSW Rebecca Allen VIC Gretel Tippett QLD Allyson Brown NSW Lauren Nicholson NSW Nadeen Payne QLD Cassandra Mangos NSW Nicole Ireland - Head Coach Michael Turton and Ben Cukier – Assistant Coaches Michele Menso – Team manager Merryn Aldridge - Physiotherapist For more information contact: Bill Baxter Basketball Australia T: 02 9469 7218 M: 0423 378 644 E: bill.baxter@basketball.net.au The Australian Government, through the Australian Sports Commission, invests in and supports Basketball Australia to develop Basketball at all levels in Australia.