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September 12, 2012

Gliders win London Paralympic silver

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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The Australian Gliders pose for a picture.
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London, England — The Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team — also known as the Gliders — ended their 2012 Summer Paralympic campaign on Friday night with a silver medal. The Australians lost to Germany, 44–58 in front of a capacity crowd of 12,985 at the North Greenwich Arena. There was ample support from a noisy crowd yelling “Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Oi! Oi! Oi!” When the commentator asked what team fans were supporting, it was Australia that got the loudest cheer.

Australia beat Germany twice in Sydney before coming to London. The Gliders’ quest for Paralympic gold medals began last week with a narrow 52–50 defeat of Brazil. The Aussies then crushed Great Britain 51–24. Australia had a loss to Canada 50–57, but bounced back to win against the Netherlands, 58–49. This advanced Australia to the quarter final, where the Gliders met and defeated Mexico 62–37. Finally, they defeated the USA on Thursday in a 40–39 thriller.

Sarah Stewart once again took the tap for Australia, and once again lost. The Germans took the first shot at goal and missed. They took an offensive rebound but missed again. Cobi Crispin then racked up the first score, assisted by Kylie Gauchi. She was also fouled by Germany’s Gesche Schünemann, and received a free throw, but missed, and the Germans got the rebound. However, a German team turnover and a personal foul brought the ball back to the Australian paint, but Crispin again missed, and the Germans again took the rebound. Bridie Kean took a defensive rebound and Kylie Gauchi, unaccountably left by herself, easily scored. Over the next few minutes, Gauchi would take another unsuccessful, shot herself, and assist Katie Hill with a scoring shot. She was completely undisturbed at having to take on bigger opponents. A goal by Clare Nott brought the score to 10–4, but there followed a bad series of plays that saw Germany score ten unanswered points, and the quarter time score was 12–16.

The second quarter started with the Australians drawing a foul. Clare Nott took the shot, but missed. However Cobi Crispin took the rebound and made the shot, In the process, she drew another foul She also missed, passing up the opportunity put the Gliders only one point down. The German team seemed to be shooting no better; they also missed their next shot, and Amber Merritt took the rebound. This too came to nothing, as she turned the ball over, allowing Germany to score.

Amber Merritt took the next shot for the Gliders. She not only missed, she overbalanced and fell backwards onto the floor, fortunately without hitting her head too hartd. Soon after, she was subbed off. The Germans scored, bringing the score to 12–18, but the Gliders were unable to respond. Clare Nott took a shot from the paint that missed, and the Germans took the rebound. They too missed, and Cobi Crispin took the rebound, but then turned the ball over. Sarah Vinci stole it back, and scored. A German miss and a foul saw the ball in Kylie Gauchi’s hands again. She missed but Cobi Crispin took the rebound and scored.Then followed a dismal sequence of play in which a series of turnovers saw German score eight unanswered points, taking their lead to 10. This was ended when Bridie Kean received a couple of free throws, but she only scored one point. Intense Australian defensive pressure continued to harry the Germans, causing a series of turnovers and missed opportunities, but only with seconds left to go in the quarter did a steal by Bridie Kean lead to Cobi Crispin making a basket, giving a half time score of 19–26.

The third quarter started with Germany scoring twice, while Kylie Gauchi and Clare Nott missed shots. Sarah Stewart stole the ball and scored. A shot by Shelley Chaplin brought the score to 23–30. A series of turnovers and missed shots followed before Germany finally scored with 4:39 left on the clock. Kylie Gauchi then made a spectacular three point shot. Despite Gauchi being a two point player, this was her second three pointer of the 2012 Paralympic Games, No other member of the Gliders successful scored even one. Relentless defence and poor shooting by both sides kept the score at 26–30 until Clare Nott scored inside the paint in the last minute; but in the final seconds Germany scored again. At the final change, the score was 28–34.

In the final quarter, the Gliders attempted to fight back. While there appeared to be enough time, the clock was now against them. Missed shots caused the deficit to increase to eight points . For a time, it see-sawed between six and eight points. Then, with the score at 40–48, the Gliders defence started to crumble, while their shooting, especially from the free throw line, remained problematic. With little over a minute to go, the difference reached 14 points, and people started talking about Rio. The final score was 44–58.

Leading scorers for the Gliders for the series were Amber Merrit with 40 field goals and 3 points from free throws; Cobi Crispin with 33 field goals and 6 points from free throws; and Kylie Gauchi, with 24 two-point field goals, and two three-point field goals. The Gliders consistently outscored their opponents, with 24.3 points per game compared with 19.4.

The Gliders flew out from London on Monday.



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September 8, 2012

Gliders defeat USA in 2012 Paralympic semifinals

Gliders defeat USA in 2012 Paralympic semifinals

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Gliders use defensive tactics to slow the USA down
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Australian supporters in the crowd wearing yellow Gliders T-shirts
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Merritt during a time out
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Gliders link arms for the national anthem
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London, England — The Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders, defeated the USA Thursday in a 40–39 thriller at the North Greenwich Arena.

This semifinal victory advances the Gliders into the final, where they are to meet the winner of the day’s match between the Netherlands and Germany. They are guaranteed at least silver. The Gliders won silver in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 and bronze in Beijing in 2008, but have never won the gold. The USA team is to meet the loser of that match to contest the bronze.

The Gliders’ quest for Paralympic gold medals began last week with a narrow 52–50 defeat of Brazil. The Aussies then crushed Great Britain 51–24. Australia had a loss to Canada 50–57, but bounced back to win against the Netherlands, 58–49. This advanced Australia to the quarter final, where the Gliders met and defeated Mexico 62–37.

Team USA started by defeating France 63–24 in its first game. It then lost to Germany, 54–48. It came back and defeated Mexico 67–33. Team USA came from 21 behind to defeat China in extra time, and played Canada and won in the quarter final 67–55.

The first quarter got off to an exciting start. USA had first possession and chalked up the first score. Kylie Gauchi responded quickly with a good shot, leveling the score. Then followed an exciting passage of play in which USA turned the ball over, but Clare Nott lost it on a bad pass. Shelly Chaplin then stole it back but Kylie Gauchi put it out of bounds. Clare Nott stole it back again, only to have Gauichi turn it over again. The USA took a shot at the basket from inside the paint, but missed. They then took a rebound and finally scored. A USA free throw extended their lead to 2–6. Thereafter both teams’ shooting was poor, and the score was only 10–12 at quarter time.

The second quarter started with Merritt scoring twice to give Australia the lead 14–12. A ferocious Australian defence saw USA’s style severely cramped, and they turned the ball over a number of times. They also took too long to move the ball forward. The crowd included the familiar block of Gliders fans in yellow T-shirts. They made their presence felt, chanting “Defence, Gliders, Defence!” whenever USA had the ball. Unfortunately, the Gliders’ poor shooting prevented them from fully capitalising on their superb defence, leaving the score tied at 26–26 at half time.

In the third quarter, an early goal by Kylie Gauchi from outside the paint gave the Gliders the lead. A series of steals gave the Gliders additional shots at goal, most of which missed, but USA had no answer to the Australian defence, with a series of timeouts and turnovers, and their shooting was even poorer. While the Australians relentlessly racked up point after point, taking a 32–26 lead, USA were unable to score at all until the last minute of the quarter. A hurried goal with seconds to go by Katie Hill saw the Gliders leading 38–28 at the last change.

In the fourth quarter, the Australian defence remained taut, but the shooting remained terrible. In the final accounting, Cobi Crispin only made 3 out of 10 shots, and Amber Merritt only 4 out of 16. The Glider’s most accurate shot turned out to be Clare Nott, who made four out of five attempts. Meanwhile, an increasingly desperate USA team pegged the Australians back to 40–39. Three timeouts were taken in the last minute. Fouls saw Merritt sent to the free throw line, but she missed both shots. The game went down to the last second, with USA missing a shot from inside the paint, before the shot clock ran out.



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September 6, 2012

Wikinews interviews Amber Merritt Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer

Wikinews interviews Amber Merritt Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer

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Amber Merritt changing a wheel in the game against Mexico.
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London, England— Tuesday, following her team’s 62–37 win over Mexico in the quarter-finals at the North Greewich Arena, Wikinews interviewed Amber Merrit of the Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team.

In their next match, the Gliders will face the victors from the United States versus Canada, having suffered their first loss of this year’s Games to Canada on Sunday night by seven points.

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Wikinews waves Left.pngLaura HaleWikinews waves Right.png I’m excited to see you in London, because you were so fantastic in that interview.

[Wikinews previously interviewed Merrit, and teammates in July. —Ed.]
Amber Merrit: Thank you.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Which state are you from?

AM: I’m from WA. [Western Australia —Ed.]

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You wheel change! What was wrong with your wheel?

AM: I smashed out three spokes. Someone hit me, and I lost three spokes in my chair.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png was that because you were playing really aggressively against Mexico?

AM: Yeah, or they were playing really aggressive against us.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Watching that game it didn’t seem that they were playing that aggressive, in terms of they came in with set pieces; they weren’t doing the full-court press; they didn’t seem prepared for your offensive and defensive tenacity. Wikinews waves Left.pngHawkeye7Wikinews waves Right.png You kept on all holding them out, where they weren’t even getting across the centre line

AM: I think we have a really physical style of basketball where we’re going to press, and when we press we try to stop chairs and make sure they don’t get over that halfway line. They’re going to come out and play as hard as they can against us and sometimes there is that odd mishap where they might smash a few spokes cause they hit us. It happens.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You tipped a lot in previous games. You haven’t tipped so much in this series.

AM: No, I’ve managed to keep my balance this time. Or maybe they haven’t hit me hard enough to put me down on the floor.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Part of the appeal of wheelchair basketball, and I feel guilty admitting it, it watching you guys tip.

AM: And fall out. It’s embarrassing but I like it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’ve got your next game coming up, which is going to be against the winner of the United States or Canada later today

AM: We’re not 100% sure yet who that’s going to be.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Looking forward to meeting them?

AM: Yeah! Looking forward to coming up against them.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who would you prefer?

AM: I don’t know if I have a preference, to be honest. Whoever its going to be, we’re still going to go out there and play as hard as we can and take it to them as a team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you think you’ve been adequately prepared coming in to this, with your tournament in Sydney, your tournament in the Netherlands?

AM: Yeah, I think we’ve come in very well prepared for this tournament. We’ve been together for a while now as a team. Of course we had the Gliders and Rollers world challenge. We also went to Arnheim in the Netherlands for a pre-tournament, and we’ve trained together in Cardiff. And then after Cardiff we came in to London; so we’ve had that time together as a team and we’re doing really well.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Does that give you an advantage over other teams?

AM: I’m not sure, because I don’t know what other teams have been doing behind the scenes as their training.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Thank you very much.

AM: No worries!



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Gliders defeat USA in a thriller

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Gliders use defensive tactics to slow the Americans down
Image: Laura Hale.

Australian supporters in the crowd wearing yellow Gliders T-shirts
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Merritt during a time out
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Gliders link arms for the national anthem
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Oops! An American goes down.
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Team USA have nice warm-up outfits
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London, England — The Australian women’s national wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders, defeated the USA in a 40–39 thriller at the North Greenwich Arena.

This quarter final victory advances the Gliders into the final, where they will meet the winner of today’s match between the Netherlands and Germany. They are guaranteed at least silver. The Gliders won silver in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004 and bronze in Beijing in 2008, but have never won the gold. The USA team will meet the loser of that match to contest the bronze.

The Gliders’ quest for Paralympic gold medals began last week with a narrow 52–50 defeat of Brazil. The Aussies then crushed Great Britain 51–24. Australia had a shock loss to Canada 50–57, but bounced back to win against the Netherlands, 58–49. This advanced Australia to the quarter final, where the Gliders met and defeated Mexico 62–37.

Team USA started by defeated France 63–24 in its first game. It then lost to Germany, 54–48. It came back and defeated Mexico 67–33. Team USA came from 21 behind to defeat China in extra time, and played Canada and won in the quarter final 67–55.

The first quarter got off to an exciting start. The Americans had first possession and chalked up the first score. Kylie Gauchi responded quickly with a good shot, leveling the score. Then followed an exciting passage of play in which the Americans turned the ball over, but Clare Nott lost it on a bad pass. Shelly Chaplin then stole it back but Kylie Gauchi put it out of bounds. Clare Nott stole it back again, only to have Gauichi turn it over again. The Americans took a shot at the basket from inside the paint, but missed. They then took a rebound and finally scored. An American free throw extended their lead to 2–6. Free throws turned out to be their only means of scoring in the rest of the quarter. The Americans proved unable to set up a shot at goal, and usually missed when they did. Australian shooting was also poor, and the score was only 10–12 at quarter time.

The second quarter started with Merritt scoring twice to give Australia the lead 14–12. A ferocious Australian defence saw the Americans’ style severely cramped, and they turned the ball over a number of times. They also took too long to move the ball forward. The crowd included the familiar block of Gliders fans in yellow T-shirts. They made their presence felt, chanting “Defence, Gliders, Defence!” whenever America had the ball. Unfortunately, the Gliders’ poor shooting prevented them from fully capitalising on their superb defence, leaving the score tied at 26–26 at half time.

The third quarter is often known as the premiership quarter, and so it proved. A early goal by Kylie Gauchi from outside the paint gave the Gliders the lead. A series of steals gave the Gliders additional shots at goal, most of which missed, but the Americans had no answer to the Australian defence, with a series of timeouts and turnovers, and their shooting was even poorer. While the Australians relentlessly racked up point after point, taking a 32–26 lead, the Americans were unable to score at all until the last minute of the quarter. A hurried goal with seconds to go by Katie Hill saw the Gliders leading 38–28 at the last change.

The Americans remained a dangerous team. They had already come back from 21 points down in an earlier game, so the ten point deficit was by no means beyond them. The Australian defence remained taut, but the shooting remained terrible. In the final accounting, Cobi Crispin only made 3 out of 10 shots, and Amber Merritt only 4 out of 13. The Glider’s most accurate shot turned out to be Clare Nott, who made four out of five attempts. Meanwhile, an increasingly desperate American team pegged the Australians back to 40–39. To add to the tension three timeouts were taken in the last minute. Fouls saw Merritt sent to the free throw line, but she missed both shots. The game went down to the last second, with the Americans missing a shot from inside the paint, before the shot clock ran out.



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September 5, 2012

Gliders move into the medal round with victory over Mexico

Gliders move into the medal round with victory over Mexico

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London, England— A 62 points to 37 quarter-final win against Mexico on Tuesday night saw Australia‘s Gliders go forward into the medal round in front of a four-thousand-plus crowd at the Greenwich North Arena.

Mexico during the anthem
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Australia before the start of the game
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Mexico on the defence
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Players watch to see if the Mexican shot goes in
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Mexico during a time out
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A Mexican player gets up after getting tipped
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Gauci has the ball for Australia on the offense
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Merritt changing her wheel because of a spoke problem
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Winners of their group, Australia have never taken the gold in wheelchair basketball; their opponents, Mexico, were previously ranked ninth at the opening of the tournament, so making it thus-far boosts their ranking to eighth. They were, however, beaten by Australia 75 points to 45 in a pre-tournament warm up match.

Australia’s first shot at goal was taken by Bridie Kean, from the free throw line; but, she missed both shots. Mexico’s Lucia Vazquez Delgadillo then became the opened the scoring to give Mexico a two-point lead, their biggest of the entire game. Seconds later, Cobo Crispin had a shot from the paint, but missed; Kylie Gauci then finally put points on the scoreboard for the Gliders.

Mexico turned the ball over, and Cobi Crispin got her first from the paint, assisted by Kylie Gauci. This was repeated on the next play, with Sarah Stewart providing the assist. Mexico then scored, the Gliders responding with another shot from Cobi Crispin. On the next play, Kylie Gauci stole the ball and charged down the court, but failed to make the shot. Clare Nott took a defensive rebound, leading to Cobi Crispin scoring again. She was also fouled. but missed the resulting free throw. Shortly thereafter, Sarah Stewart took another foul, and made both shots to bring the score to 14 points to 4.

Mexico had great difficulty moving the ball up the court; suffering by timing out, or being forced into long shots that missed. But, when the same happened to the Gliders, Kylie Gauci, a two-point player, took a spectacular three point shot to take the score to 17 points to 8 in Australia’s favour. Mexico then managed to score again before Amber Merritt came on with only three minutes left in the quarter, and missed her first shot at goal. A second attempt, coming from a pass by Kylie Gauci, put more points on the scoreboard.

With only a few seconds remaining in the quarter, Kylie Gauci stole the ball and delivered it to Shelley Chaplin, who scored again. The two teams went into the quarter-time break with the score 21 points to 10.

In the opening minutes of the second quarter, Shelley Chaplin assisted Cobi Crispin, and then Amber Merritt, to add another four points. Attempting to respond, Mexico missed two shots before scoring then, on the next play, allowed Amanda Carter to steal the ball, which led to Amber Merritt scoring again.

Australia followed this up with steals by Cobi Crispin and Amber Merritt, giving Shelley Chaplin more scoring opportunities. Mexico scored twice; but, Australia responded each time, with goals by Amber Merritt and Amanda Carter, who was fouled, making her’s a three-point play. A steal led to a runaway break by Amber Merritt, bringing her contribution to ten points, and the score to 38 points to 16.

Mexico seemed unable to shake a pattern of turnovers and hasty shots, resulting in a 44 to 20 points difference at the half-time break.

In the third quarter, the Glider’s intensity dropped off; A timeout, and a series of missed shots by Katie Hill, Brodie Kean and Cobi Crispin, gave Mexico a chance to stage a minor recovery by outscoring Australia for the quarter by one point, leaving the score at 50 to 27 at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter got off to an unimpressive start for both teams; Australia’s Leanne del Toso missed a shot at one end, and Mexico’s Floralia Estrada Bernal missed one at the the other. Sarah Stewart missed too before a Mexican turnover led to the first scoring of the quarter, by Sarah Stewart. Mexico’s Rocio Torres Lopez scored in response, another shot by Sarah Stewart missed; but, Amanda Carter took an offensive rebound, which eventually made it into the basket. Turnovers by Bridie Kean and Leanne del Toso led Mexico putting points on the board consecutively, but successive fouls sent Bridie Kean to the free throw line to score three points.

Amber Merritt brought the score to 59 points to 35 with her seventh scoring shot. By this point, Australia was deliberately running down the clock, passing the ball around, and taking shots at the last minute. This led to several missed shots by Sarah Vinci and Katie Hill, with Mexico unable to capitalise on the opportunities. Under intense Australian defensive pressure, Mexico missed shots and turned over the ball as-often as before. With nineteen seconds of play remaining, Katie Hill took a two point shot from inside the paint; attracting a foul, she scored another point from a free throw.

Although Mexico’s Wendy Garcia Amador scored the last two points of the game, the final score of 62 points to 37 meant the Mexican team’s Paralympic campaign was over.

Australia must now confront the winner of tonight’s United States versus Canada game on Thursday.



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Wikinews interviews Katie Hill, Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketball medallist

Wikinews interviews Katie Hill, Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketball medallist

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Katie Hill
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London, England — Yesterday, following her team’s 62–37 win over Mexico in the quarterfinals, Wikinews interviewed Katie Hill of Australia‘s women’s national wheelchair basketball team.

Wikinews waves Left.pngLaura HaleWikinews waves Right.png Katie Hill, we know you’ve won a bronze medal before. What state are you from?

Katie Hill: I’m from New South Wales.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you play for a club?

KH: Yeah! I play for the Sydney Uni Flames.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You guys played Mexico in the lead up to this?

KH: Yeah. We just had a tournament in the Netherlands, in Europe, and we got to play them there, which is good preparation.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You guys dominated in a painful way, embarrassingly for Mexico. You guys did a full court press and half court press and really jammed them up. Was that intentional?

KH: Of course! We had a strong game in our last game against the Netherlands, and obviously we’re a bit fired up, and we want to be here so, you know, we want to play as strong as we can and prepare ourselves for the strongest teams that we can play. So, if we get to practice those kind of things and it works really well, then that’s what we are aiming to do

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You’re going to meet either the USA or Canada. As an American, I find that terrifying. Do you guys think you have a real shot at the [semifinals]?

KH: Obviously, there’s a lot of good teams in this competition. I think that anyone could win it on their day. As long as we’re playing as well as we can, sure! Definitely!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You seemed to have all the answers to the Netherlands yesterday. Every tactic that they tried, you had a counterattack.

KH: They’re a familiar team for us. We’ve been playing them for a while, and I think yesterday’s win was probably the first time we’ve beaten them in quite a long time. So it was nice to finally make that happen now, and have that be a good win for us and put us in a good position.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Now’s a good time to find real form.

KH: Exactly! So, we’re saving it all up for when it counts!

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You did really well in Sydney in that tournament.

KH: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png You have that huge fan base with all those gliders shirts. How big a difference does it make on the court?

KH: Oh, it’s unreal. It’s amazing to come out. When you come out here, to many of the girls it’s their first time out, and you come out and there’s a whole big stadium full of people, all you want to do is find your family, and know where they’re sitting, and sometimes that’s really hard. So we’ve got them all in their yellow shirts and they’re all sitting there so they’re all recognisable and it just is amazing to feel so comfortable that all those people are behind you.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Who’s here for you?

KH: I have my mum, my dad, my auntie, and also my dad’s girlfriend is here as well.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Are you enjoying London, and the food and all?

KH: Yeah! This is the first time I’ve actually been to London. I’ve been through it a few times on our travels elsewhere, but it’s been fantastic, and we’re really enjoying it.

Wikinews waves Left.pngWNWikinews waves Right.png Do you plan to continue on to Rio? Or are you going to be like other Paralympians and retire on top?

KH: I don’t plan to retire any time soon. It’s not like this is my last shot and then I’m going to have a rest. But I’m also focused on now and not really in four years time. I’ll see how I’m going then. I like to play basketball so I’m not going to quit.

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September 3, 2012

Gliders suffer first loss in London Paralympics against Canada

Gliders suffer first loss in London Paralympics against Canada

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Australia’s Cobi Crispin and Canada’s Cindy Ouellett lock chairs
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The Gliders link arms after half time
Image: Laura Hale.

Katie Hill (left) and Kylie Gauci (right)
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England— Australia lost Sunday night to Canada 50–57 in the women’s wheelchair basketball at the Olympic Park in London.

Poor shooting doomed the Australian Gliders’ hopes of a third victory in a row at the Basketball Arena; they only managed to make only 23 out of 68 shots at the basket, a miserable 34%. Only one three-pointer was attempted, by Amber Merritt. She missed the shot.

The Gliders were down by eight points at quarter time; but, fought their way back into the game, tying at 40-all at one point in the third quarter.

Both Amber Merritt and Cobi Crispin ran up large numbers of personal fowls: four for Meritt and five for Crispin, hampering Australia’s game style. Nonetheless, the pair still contributed to the team’s scoreline, with Crispin scoring 12 points with 15 rebounds, and Merritt scoring 16 points with six rebounds. Shelley Chaplin scored eight points with five rebounds and seven assists. The team’s camaraderie was again on display.

The other players in the Gliders Sarah Vinci, Bridie Kean, Amanda Carter, Tina McKenzie, Leanne del Toso, Clare Nott, Kylie Gauci, Sarah Stewart and Katie Hill.

This was the Australian’s third game in the Group A round-robin. Over the prior two days they had defeated Brazil 52-50 and Great Britain 51-24. The five teams in each of two groups play each other once. The top four teams in each group then go on into the quarter-finals.



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September 2, 2012

Canada women\’s national wheelchair basketball team gets its first win of London Paralympics

Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team gets its first win of London Paralympics

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Team Canada warms up
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada warms up
Image: Laura Hale.

Katie Harnock falls to the ground
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Cobi Crispin and Canada’s Cindy Ouellett lock chairs
Image: Laura Hale.

Captain Jessica Vliegnthart falls to the ground
Image: Laura Hale.

Janet McLachlan takes a free throw
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Kylie Gauci gets up as Canada’s players roll by
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Kylie Gauci assisted up by Canada’s Cindy Ouellett
Image: Laura Hale.

Canada fan’s cheer as their teams score in the fourth quarter
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — Yesterday at London’s Basketball Arena, the Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team earned their first victory of the London Paralympics when they defeated the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team 57–50.

Canada took a one point lead into the second half, when the scores were 33–32 because of a last minute foul that sent Canada to the free throw line where they capitalized by making one of their shots. 4.5 point player Janet McLachlan and 2 point player Katie Harnock dominated in minutes played for Canada during the first half, playing all 20 minutes and leading their team in scoring with 11 first half points for McLachlan and 12 for Harnock. The Canadian team was loudly supported by spectators, earning more cheering from the largely Great Britain supporting fans than the Australians.

The second half saw Canada slowly increase their lead, keeping tied with Australia 4–4 in the first half of third, 6–4 in the last half of the third, 6–4 in the first half of the fourth, and 8–6 in the last half of the fourth. McLachlan finished the game as Canada’s leading scorer with 28 total, 17 in the second half. Harnock had a quieter second half only scoring 2 points to finish with 14. Cindy Ouellett was the team’s third leading scorer, finishing the game with ten.

The Canadian team supported their team from the bench, chanting “Get it out! Get it out!” when on defense and “Let’s go Canada” when on the offense. Other times, one player led the team in chanting support for their players on the court. The team was consistently louder than the Australian bench.

Throughout the game, the Canadians tipped themselves over more in their chairs than the Australians. Ouellett tipped once, and bounced in her chair, with a wheel leaving the ground as she attempted to block shots and steal the ball. Ouellett and Australian Cobi Crispin locked wheels, and required a break in the game where Australia’s coach came on to the court and removed Ouellett’s wheel to detach the pair before putting it back on again.

Following the game, Australia’s Amber Merritt said of playing Canada, “I have the utmost respect for Canada. They’re a great team, but we’ll refocus on the game tomorrow [against the Netherlands and go out and play like we know we can, the Australian way.”

Prior to the start of the game, McLachlan was the team’s dominating player in the competition. She was ranked eighth in the competition in field goal percentage, and was Canada’a highest ranked player in this category. She ranked second in the tournament in total field goals made per game, with 12. Teammate Katie Harnock ranked eighth. Tara Feser ranked fourth in the tournament for 2 point field goal percentage at 57.1%, while McLachlan ranked ninth with 50.0%. McLachlan was second in 2 point field goals made per game, at 12. Harnock was tied for first with Mexico’s Floralia Estrada Bernal in the competition for 3 point field goal percentage at 20%, and was ranked second in the tournament for most 3 point field goals made with one.

As a team coming into the game, Canada was ranked sixth in total field goal percentage, eighth in free throw percentage, sixth in average rebounds per game, second in fouls, and last in turnovers.

Coming into this game, Canada had lost their first game 70–59 to the Netherlands. They are scheduled to play Brazil today.



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Canada women\’s national wheelchair basketball team wins first game of London Paralympics

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Team Canada warms up
Image: Laura Hale.

Team Canada warms up
Image: Laura Hale.

Katie Harnock falls to the ground
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Cobi Crispin and Canada’s Cindy Ouellett lock chairs
Image: Laura Hale.

Captain Jessica Vliegnthart falls to the ground
Image: Laura Hale.

Janet McLachlan takes a free throw
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Kylie Gauci gets up as Canada’s players roll by
Image: Laura Hale.

Australia’s Kylie Gauci assisted up by Canada’s Cindy Ouellett
Image: Laura Hale.

Canada fan’s cheer as their teams score in the fourth quarter
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — Yesterday at London’s Basketball Arena, the Canada women’s national wheelchair basketball team earned their first victory of the London Paralympics when they defeated the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team 57–50.

Canada took a one point lead into the second half, when the scores were 33–32 because of a last minute foul that sent Canada to the free throw line where they capitalized by making one of their shots. 4.5 point player Janet McLachlan and 2 point player Katie Harnock dominated in minutes played for Canada during the first half, playing all 20 minutes and leading their team in scoring with 11 first half points for McLachlan and 12 for Harnock. The Canadian team was loudly supported by spectators, earning more cheering from the largely Great Britain supporting fans than the Australians.

The second half saw Canada slowly increase their lead, keeping tied with Australia 4–4 in the first half of third, 6–4 in the last half of the third, 6–4 in the first half of the fourth, and 8–6 in the last half of the fourth. McLachlan finished the game as Canada’s leading scorer with 28 total, 17 in the second half. Harnock had a quieter second half only scoring 2 points to finish with 14. Cindy Ouellett was the team’s third leading scorer, finishing the game with ten.

The Canadian team supported their team from the bench, chanting “Get it out! Get it out!” when on defense and “Let’s go Canada” when on the offense. Other times, one player led the team in chanting support for their players on the court. The team was consistently louder than the Australian bench.

Throughout the game, the Canadians tipped themselves over more in their chairs than the Australians. Ouellett tipped once, and bounced in her chair, with a wheel leaving the ground as she attempted to block shots and steal the ball. Ouellett and Australian Cobi Crispin locked wheels, and required a break in the game where Australia’s coach came on to the court and removed Ouellett’s wheel to detach the pair before putting it back on again.

Following the game, Australia’s Amber Merritt said of playing Canada, “I have the utmost respect for Canada. They’re a great team, but we’ll refocus on the game tomorrow [against the Netherlands] and go out and play like we know we can, the Australian way.”

Prior to the start of the game, McLachlan was the team’s dominating player in the competition. She was ranked eighth in the competition in field goal percentage, and was Canada’a highest ranked player in this category. She ranked second in the tournament in total field goals made per game, with 12. Teammate Katie Harnock ranked eighth. Tara Feser ranked fourth in the tournament for 2 point field goal percentage at 57.1%, while McLachlan ranked ninth with 50.0%. McLachlan was second in 2 point field goals made per game, at 12. Harnock was tied for first with Mexico‘s Floralia Estrada Bernal in the competition for 3 point field goal percentage at 20%, and was ranked second in the tournament for most 3 point field goals made with one.

As a team coming into the game, Canada was ranked sixth in total field goal percentage, eighth in free throw percentage, sixth in average rebounds per game, second in fouls, and last in turnovers.

Coming into this game, Canada had lost their first game 70–59 to the Netherlands. They are scheduled to play Brazil today.



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September 1, 2012

Gliders win against Brazil in their 2012 Paralympic opening match

Gliders win against Brazil in their 2012 Paralympic opening match

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  • 29 June 2014: Medal-seeking Spanish men arrive at 2014 Goalball World Championships
  • 26 June 2014: Belgian men’s goalball team departs for Finland for World Championships
  • 3 January 2014: Wikinews interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Tina McKenzie
  • 15 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Deborah Font
  • 11 August 2013: Wikinews interviews Spanish Paralympic swimmer Marta Gómez

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Aussie fans at the game
Image: Laura Hale.

London, England — The Gliders, the Australia women’s national wheelchair basketball team, won a close contest 52–50 against Brazil Thursday night in front of a crowd of 3,288 at the Basketball Arena in Olympic Park, London.

The Gliders have won medals at the last three Paralympics, but have yet to win a gold medal.

The game was close and tough. The scores were tied fifteen times and at no point were the Australians more than five points in front. Before the game and at each break, the Australians linked arms in a common affirmation of teamwork.

A couple of minutes into the final quarter the 45–43 with Cobi Crispin sent to the free throw line where she extended her team’s lead to 47–43. A technical foul saw her straight back again to make it 48–43, the Glider’s biggest lead of the game.

Brazil then struck back scoring five unanswered points to tie the score again at 48–48 but Amber Merritt then scored one from the paint to put the Gliders back in front. She followed this by taking a rebound and another great shot to make it 52–48. Brazil was able to score once more, but the clock was now against them. Time ran out, and the Gliders ran out the winners, 52–50.

Leading scorers for the Gliders were Cobi Crispin with 18 points and Amber Merritt with 16.



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