Gliders want podium finish

Shelley Chaplin.

Shelley Chaplin.

HARCOURT’S Shelley Chaplin has been named in the Australian Gilders team to compete at the IWBF Women’s World Wheelchair Basketball Championship next month.

The three-time Paralympian is one of 12 athletes to be selected in the national team.

The tournament to be held in Toronto Canada will see the world’s best go head-to-head to be crowned championships.

The Gliders are hoping to win its first world championship medal since they won bronze, 12 years ago.

Australian head coach Tom Kyle said he selected a team filled with international experience. 

Nine players from the silver medal-winning 2012 Paralympic Games team, including Chaplin, were selected. 

He said the Gliders were capable of finishing on the podium in Canada.

“I’m very happy with the squad selected, we have a good mix of high, mid and low pointers plus a good mix of youth and experience,” Kyle said.

“This is a very exciting time for the Gliders.”

Earlier this year Chaplin was a part of the Australian squad which toured Canada and the USA. 

Kyle said the team had bonded well over the past 10 months.

“The team knows that if they play to their potential it will take a mighty effort for our opponents to beat us. This group is strong in their belief that a medal is within their control,” he said.

In the lead up to the championships the Gliders team will spend some time training in Germany and the Netherlands before heading to Toronto. 

The Gliders pool for the world titles includes the Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Peru and France.

The world titles will be played at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto between  June 20 and 28. 

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