Heel­ers ready for ac­tion

NEW TEAM WARMS UP FOR WNWBL SEA­SON OPENER

Cockburn Gazette - - RESIDENTIA­L -

SWIM­MING SUP­PORTED BY LUX MO­TORS THE new­est team to join the Women’s Na­tional Wheel­chair Basketball League has geared up for this week­end’s sea­son opener with a training run at Wally Ha­gan Sta­dium.

The Red Dust Heel­ers have four matches in round one, which will be held at the Ben­dat Basketball Cen­tre in Floreat.

Heeler and Aus­tralian in­ter­na­tional Kath­leen O’Kelly-Kennedy said the com­pe­ti­tion was an in­cred­i­ble op­por­tu­nity for the club.

“It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to have a stand­alone women’s team,” she said. “It presents a bet­ter path­way for women in wheel­chair basketball.

“We go on about equal­ity and every­one hav­ing the same op­por­tu­ni­ties, but we need to prac­tice what we preach, which is what this team is about.”

The team is coached by five-time Par­a­lympian and Rio flag bearer Brad Ness.

On court, the side will be led by two-time Par­a­lympian Clare Nott, O’Kelly-Kennedy and the com­pe­ti­tion’s leader in as­sists in 2016 Ge­or­gia Inglis, com­bined with a host of young­sters new to the league.

Clare Nott runs drills with Lily Poul­ter and Tahlia Ha­gart.

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Dol­phins mem­bers Ma­son Turetigh (8), Kate Walling­ton (11) and Han­nah Cham­ber­lain (9) with coach Do­rian Gandin.

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