HORSHAM wheelchair basketball star Jannik Blair will head to Thailand next month for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation Asia Oceania Championships.
The Australian Rollers announced on Friday that Blair would be part of an 11-man team to compete at the championships. He will play alongside fellow Paralympians Brad Ness, Justin Eveson and Tristan Knowles.
The Rollers will be looking to book a spot at next year’s International Wheelchair Basketball Federation World Championships.
Australian Rollers head coach Ben Ettridge said the team had struck a strong balance between Paralympic experience and youth talent.
“The team has been selected to provide a balanced attack, that includes seven players from London,” he said.
“We’ve added three newcomers to the senior ranks in Luke Pople, Tom O’Neill-Thorne and Michael Auprince from the bronze medal-winning Australian Spinners Under 23 team, and two guys who have been waiting in the wings for the past four years in Michael D’amelio and Adam Deans,” he said.
“It’s always exciting to have new faces that graduate to the Rollers team and these players, along with the core from London, will drive the team to secure qualification for the World Championships.”
Blair won a silver medal with the Rollers at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.