2013 Ivor Burge Vic Metro Men’s Team Announced

The 2013 Ivor Burge Victoria Metropolitan Men’s team that will contest the 2013 Ivor Burge Australian Championship has been selected. The Ivor Burge Championship is the national basketball championship for

The 2013 Ivor Burge Victoria Metropolitan Men’s team that will contest the 2013 Ivor Burge Australian Championship has been selected. The Ivor Burge Championship is the national basketball championship for Players with an Intellectual Disability. The event is named after Australian basketball pioneer Ivor Burge to commemorate his contribution to basketball in Australia.

The weeklong tournament is conducted annually by Basketball Australia (in conjunction with the U20 Australian Championship) and attracts teams from across the country. Next Year’s Ivor Burge Championship will be held in Launceston, Tasmania from 17 – 23 February 2013.

Victoria Metropolitan is the reigning national champion in both the Ivor Burge men’s and women’s divisions. The inaugural Ivor Burge Championship was held in Wollongong in 1995. That first year Vic Metro won gold in both the Men’s and Women’s divisions and those teams have an unparalleled record of winning gold or silver every year since. The 2013 team is committed to continuing this great tradition of success.

The team comprises:

Players Emergencies

Kaujan Biel Jok William Jones

Fraser Dawber Melvin Lee

Nicholas Hum

Amjad Ibrahim

Luke Nicholls

Michael Paterson

Jamie Phillips

Cameron Slacik

Jarrod Thomson

Trent Zammit

Staff

Head Coach: Simon Robinson

Assistant Coach: Garry Barker

Development Coach: Ashley Beswick

Team Manager: Karen Paterson

Selector: George Havakis

Head Coach Simon Robinson said: “We have an enthusiastic and talented group of players, many of whom have experienced success in last year’s campaign. Eight out of the ten players have previously represented Victoria Metropolitan in the Ivor Burge Men’s Championships and a number are involved in the Australian Boomerangs program (the Australian Men’s team for Players with an Intellectual Disability). One of our biggest challenges is staying hungry and not getting complacent. That’s why our development squad and lead up tournaments are so important. It keeps the pressure on everyone to keep working and keep improving. The ten players heading for Launceston had to fight hard for their spots. They will be ready to go and committed to achieving further success in February.”

For further information or interviews please contact:

Sandra Sloane (State Teams Administrator)

P: 03 9837 8000 – M: 0409 533 221 E: sandra.sloane@basketballvictoria.com.au

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