Two NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holders have been selected for Australia’s women’s wheelchair basketball side, the Gliders, for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
Georgia Munro-Cook and Jessica Cronje will make their Paralympic debuts as the Gliders return to Paralympic competition for the first time since winning the silver medal at London 2012.
While only two athletes remain from the London squad, the talented and determined team is focused on regaining its place among the world’s elite wheelchair basketball nations in Tokyo.
“It’s official now, it’s actually going to happen and that’s really exciting,” centre Georgia Munro-Cook said.
“We’ve been working really hard to get to where we are, where we can represent Australia at the Paralympic Games.
“We’re a close-knit group. Everyone’s willing to work for each other, be receptive to advice and help make sure everyone in the group becomes a better player. I think those things have really worked for us.
“Having the Games delayed by a year made it a bit harder. It’s been tricky but we’ve all been working really hard individually and it’s paying off right now.”
Australian Team Chef de Mission Kate McLoughlin said she was thrilled the Gliders were headed back at the Games.
“The Australian women’s wheelchair basketball team belongs at the Paralympics,” McLoughlin said.
“Three silver medals, a bronze and two fourth-placings since 1992 is a consistently strong record that I know this Team will be so keen to add to.
“I’m so pleased with the way the entire Gliders program bounced back, led well by Basketball Australia, and I think this is going to be a very special Paralympic campaign for this Team.”