Warracknabeal's Chloe Bibby close to Australian selection

ON HER WAY: Warracknabeal basketballer Chloe Bibby. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

ON HER WAY: Warracknabeal basketballer Chloe Bibby. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

WARRACKNABEAL basketballer Chloe Bibby could be just days away from Australian selection.

Bibby flew to Canberra on Thursday to attend a four-day training camp at the Basketball Australia National Centre of Excellence.

The camp is the final stage of selection for the Australian girls under-17 team, which will contest the FIBA under-17 World Championship for Women in the Czech Republic.

Bibby is one of 17 girls selected to attend the camp.

Five players will be cut on Sunday to form the final team of 12 players.

It is the first time Bibby has been part of a national-level squad, and comes off the back of an outstanding performance at the Australian Junior Championships last month.

Bibby led Vic Country to a silver medal at the championships, finishing seventh overall in scoring and third in rebounding.

She said her strong form at the nationals had given her the opportunity to play for Australia.

“It was definitely the nationals that got me there, along with the help of the team and the coach – I’m really thankful to them,” she said.

Bibby said she was ecstatic to be invited to the camp whether she was selected or not.

“I’m just going there for the experience,” she said.

“I’m happy just to be invited to the camp, and anything else will be a plus.

“It’s a great experience and a great opportunity, and I know I’m on their radar now.”

Bibby’s Vic Country team-mate Chantel Horvat was also named in the 17-person squad for the camp.

Former Women’s National Basketball League coach Chris Lucas will lead the side.

Bibby made her WNBL debut for Dandenong Rangers in November.

Her mother, Leigh-Anne Bibby, said it was great to see her daughter get recognition at national level.

“All her hard work has paid off,” she said. 

“She trains 20-plus hours a week all over Melbourne, so she’s thrilled to get this opportunity.”

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