2021 Australian women’s 3×3 squad prepare for Olympic Qualifiers

via Basketball Australia

Basketball Australia (BA) has today announced the 2021 Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Squad ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament set to take place in Graz, Austria from May 26 – 30.

This squad, which features 12 of Australia’s top female basketballers, will come together to train under the leadership of Head Coach David Biwer during a four-day training camp at BA’s Centre of Excellence, based out of the Australian Institute of Sport from March 7 – 11. Members of the squad will also compete at the 3x3Hustle Pro Hustle 7 at Moomba this weekend.

The Australian Women’s 3×3 team is still vying for a spot in the final eight teams to contest for a medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which will mark 3×3 basketball’s debut appearance at the event.

Of the athletes named, there are four fresh faces to the Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Squad: Ruby MacDonald (BA Centre of Excellence), Lauren Scherf (Sydney Uni Flames), Alexandra Sharp (Perth Lynx), and Alex Wilson (Adelaide Lightning).

Head Coach David Biwer, spoke highly of what he expects to unfold at the camp and beyond: “I’m really excited about the upcoming camp and the potential that it brings. We have some fantastic new faces coming into the squad, alongside our world class and proven 3×3 players.

“This month’s camp will be the first in a series of camps we have planned ahead of May’s Olympic qualifying tournament. Having these camps at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport will provide the perfect high-performance environment to prepare for the challenges ahead.”

When the FIBA 3×3 rankings were frozen on 1 April 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian women’s 3×3 team were ranked number one in Oceania and number 21 in the world.

The 2021 Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Squad (in alphabetical order):

Squad Member Current Hometown 2020 WNBL Team / Current Team
Rebecca Cole Melbourne, VIC Southside Flyers
Keely Froling Townsville, QLD UC Capitals
Maddie Garrick Melbourne, VIC Deakin Melbourne Boomers
Kelsey Griffin Canberra, ACT UC Capitals
Alice Kunek Melbourne, VIC / Gdynia, Poland Arka Gdynia
Ruby MacDonald Wollongong, NSW BA Centre of Excellence
Anneli Maley Melbourne, VIC Sydney Uni Flames
Lauren Scherf Melbourne, VIC Sydney Uni Flames
Alexandra Sharp Melbourne, VIC Perth Lynx
Carlie Smith Melbourne, VIC Adelaide Lightning
Marena Whittle Melbourne, VIC Adelaide Lightning
Alex Wilson Adelaide, SA Adelaide Lightning

The 2021 Australian Women’s 3×3 Basketball Coaching Team

Coach Title Current Team
David Biwer Head Coach
Damon Lowery Assistant Coach Whittlesea Pacers
Hannah Lowe Assistant Coach Kilsyth Cobras

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