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Matthew Dellavedova is one of three Gaels vying for a spot at the Olympic Games.
Matthew Dellavedova is one of three Gaels vying for a spot at the Olympic Games.
BKB | SMC Trio Selected To Aussie Olympic Team Camp
Release: Sunday 05/01/2012 
by SMC Athletics

Rising senior Matthew Dellavedova and former Gael standouts Patrick Mills and Daniel Kickert are among 25 players invited to compete for a spot on the Australian National Team that will participate at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

"Our coaching staff is excited to extend invitations to this group of athletes who have earned the right to be considered for the Boomers London Olympic Games team," said Head Coach Brett Brown.  "We have identified these players, worked with these players, and watched their growth over the past four years.

"The large majority of this squad has participated in several camps, tours, and world events during my time as coach, and now each of them has the opportunity to take it one final step and represent Australia at the London 2012 Olympic Games."

The Boomers' 2012 preparations continue on June 3, where the available members of the squad will gather in Perth for the first training camp.

"Our first camp will be made up of several levels of Boomer prospects. We will have some core senior Boomer members, along with NBL and US college prospects," continued Brown.  

"Our first camp will effectively be a 'melting pot' of  players from various backgrounds and this very early start will enable us to begin moving forward while we wait for our core European players and Patty Mills to return," he said.

"How far our players stretch across the globe is a testament to the talent identification and developmental programs delivered by Basketball Australia and the AIS. I have great Aussie talent competing all over the world at my disposal."

The Australian Boomers are in Group B for the Olympic Games, along with Spain, Brazil, host nation Great Britain, China and a to be determined qualifier..

Three qualifiers for the men's competition are yet to be determined, and won't be known until the conclusion of the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, a second-chance event held for nations who weren't successful in gaining direct entry to London via their individual zone championships.

The men's tournament will be held 2 - 8 July in Caracus, Venezuela.

Both the Boomers and Jayco Opals will play in the three-game Farewell Series: Basketball's Road to London which tips off on June 24 in an exciting double-header at Hisense Arena in Melbourne. The Boomers will face Greece in a three-game series.