GEMS CONTINUE PREPARATIONS FOR 2018 FIBA UNDER-18 ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The squad will assemble at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra from August 6-8 as they set their sights on qualifying through the FIBA event in Bengaluru, India between October 28- November 3.
Since the first camp in March, coach Dee Butler and her staff have been able to get a look at athletes from the Under-18 national Championships while seven members of the Australian Sapphires team that will contest the FIBA Under-17 World Championship next month have been selected to participate in the August camp as well.
The Gems qualified for the Under-18 Asian Championships by winning gold at the Under-17 Oceania Championships last year and if they finish in the top-four at the tournament in India later this year, they will book their place at the 2019 Under-19 World Cup.
Australia have a proud history at the Under-19 World Cup with the Gems claiming medals across three decades including a gold in 1993 while the team has been a springboard for the careers of Opals legends such as Lauren Jackson, Kristi Harrower, Michelle Brogan and Penny Taylor.
The Australian Gems camp squad ahead of the 2018 FIBA Asia Under-18 Championships:
|Emma Clarke||Western Australia|
|Shyla Heal||New South Wales|
|Isabel Palmer||New South Wales|
|Kelsey Rees||South Australia|
|Samantha Simons||South Australia|
|Dee Butler||Head Coach|
|David Herbert||Assistant Coach|
|Claudia Brassard||Assistant Coach|
|Donna Turner||Team Manager|
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