ROAD TO TAOYUAN - Confirmation of Goanna's qualification
Deaf Basketball Australia are delighted to confirm that the Goannas, the deaf mens national basketball team, have been granted entry to the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei.
This followed confirmation from ICSD yesterday that 17 countries had registered for the mens tournament, and Australia as one of the 4 Asia Pacific countries alongside Japan, Korea and Chinese Taipei (host country) enjoyed direct qualification. There are also 4 countries from the Americas - USA, Venezuela, Mexico and Argentina however 9 countries from Europe registered and the two bottom ranked European countries are required to undergo a qualifying process to secure the last European spot for the World Championships - these countries are Great Britain and Poland.
The womens competition had 11 countries registered, however Australia will not be sending a womens team to the World Championships, preferring to focus solely on the Asia Pacific Deaf Games in October 2015 as the first step to getting the womens program established.
This means Deaf Basketball Australia will now set out a schedule of tryout, selection and training camps to prepare the mens program for the World Championships, and confirmation of the next try out camp will be forthcoming shortly.