Lower Bucca local Bill Latham (centre right) will be representing the Coffs Coast when he lines up for the Australian Rollers wheelchair basketball side at the Paralympics.
Lower Bucca local Bill Latham (centre right) will be representing the Coffs Coast when he lines up for the Australian Rollers wheelchair basketball side at the Paralympics.

Basketballer off to Paralympics

ANOTHER Coffs Coast athlete has secured their ticket to London with wheelchair basketballer Bill Latham selected to represent the Australian Rollers at the Paralympics.

After narrowly missing selection for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the 22-year-old  has put together a stellar four year campaign to earn his place on the team.

A member of Australia's 2010 world champion ship winning side, the Lower Bucca resident will be one of only two athletes in the Rollers side competing in their first Paralympics.

Australia is currently ranked number one in the world and will be out to retain its Paralympic title with back-to-back gold medals.

It is sure to be a tough assignment for the Rollers who will face the USA, South Africa, Turkey, Spain and Italy in the pool.

"We're ready. The last four years we've been preparing ourselves for this moment and when you look at the work we've done - every player has had game time, gym time, on-court time - we're just ready to get in there and do battle," Australian Rollers Head Coach, Ben Ettridge said.

"We've drawn the USA and they'll be a tough one, as will Italy and Turkey who have proven their performance on the world stage recently.

"They could give us a good shake while we believe Spain could cause a few upsets and could be quite dangerous."

The London Paralympic Games will take place from August 29 - September 9 with the wheelchair basketball medal finals held on September 8.



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