Coaching Australian 3×3 Women “Made Sense” Says Lowery
Former NBL player Damon Lowery says the opportunity to coach the Australian 3×3 women’s team “made sense”, as preparations towards this year’s Asia Cup and World Cup ramp up.
Lowery was named the Australian 3×3 women’s coach earlier this year, and after already working with the athletes involved in the sport, he says the next step was to increase his involvement.
“I’ve done a lot of training with some of the girls who are in the program, so it’s a natural progression to be involved,” Lowery told Star Weekly.
“I first came on board as a development coach. As I’m working with a lot of those girls anyway, it made sense for me to coach them as well.”
Lowery’s leadership helped guide the Australian women to a FIBA 3×3 World Cup berth in Puerto Rico at the qualifiers two weeks ago, and he will be hoping that same success can be replicated in next week’s Asia Cup. However, Matt Patton will be coaching the women’s team in the Asia Cup.
After winning bronze last year, the Aussie women of Bec Cole, Alice Kunek, Maddie Garrick and Hanna Zavecz will be looking to secure the gold in China. Their campaign begins on May 24 against New Zealand at 8:15pm AEST.
The next step after this year’s Asia Cup and World Cup will be the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Lowery didn’t shy away from explaining his aspirations about potentially being involved in the Olympics.
“If I was to make the Olympics, I would try and carry the flag at some point (during the opening ceremony),” Lowery said.
“It’s an exciting format and it’s the way I like to play the game.
“You play instinctively and can be creative. In five on five, it can be a bit more structured.”