U20'S AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPS TO KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND

U20'S AND IVOR BURGE CHAMPS TO KICK OFF THIS WEEKEND

The 42nd Australian Championships for Under-20’s will be held in Ipswich, Queensland next week alongside the Ivor Burge Championships for athletes with an intellectual disability.

Conducted from 14-20 February, the tournaments will see 24 teams converge on Ipswich representing seven Australian states and territories.

“The Under-20 Championship is exciting as it is the last chance for these athletes to represent their state in an Australian Championship,” said Basketball Australia General Manager of High Performance, Jan Stirling.

“It is a significant part of the basketball pathway and can often be a stepping stone for athletes to move into the WNBL, NBL or college programs. Many of Australia’s greatest players have taken part in this tournament before going on to represent Australia at the highest level.

“Aligning the Under-20’s with the Ivor Burge Championships is a unique week of basketball that highlights the importance of the role that sport plays in the lives of young, developing athletes from all abilities.”

The 2015 Under-20’s Men’s final was one for the ages with Tasmania pushing Victoria into double-overtime before Victoria completed a sweep of the tournament with victories in the Under-20’s Women as well as Vic Metro taking out the Ivor Burge Men and Women titles.

It will be the first Championship held in Ipswich, with Cotton On Foundation Stadium in Booval and Ipswich Girls' Grammar School serving as playing venues while Bremer State High will be used as a training venue.

At this year’s tournament, Centre of Excellence athletes Dejan Vasiljevic, Jock Perry, Tom Wilson and Jack White will compete alongside other known names including Zitina Aokusa, Danni Burden, Harrison Mallard, Taylor Ortlepp and Bul Kuol. For a full list of the teams and players competing click here.

Daily results of the Championships throughout the week can be found here.

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