The Deakin Melbourne Boomers continue to be amazed by Bec Cole’s thirst for reaching the top following the news that the dynamic guard has been selected to represent Australia at next month’s FIBA 3×3 World Championship.
Cole, who stepped back on court during the past WNBL season following a lengthy absence due to injury continues to build strength and bounce back from adversity, overcoming multiple knee surgeries in her return to the top.
“I’m thrilled to be selected, it’s always an honour to represent your country, I can’t wait to get to France next month and give my all,” said Cole.
Joining Carly Mijovic, Nadeen Payne and Amelia Todhunter in the team, Cole is confident the Aussies will do well against the likes of Ukraine, China, Japan and Netherlands, the four teams they have drawn in the group stage.
“It’s a very competitive competition, the format is quick and fast, and the whole tournament is over within about five days, so we’ll be prepared to go hard or go home,” added Cole is her usual upbeat approach to everything in life.
Boomers coach Guy Molloy says the return by his star guard to the national program is a significant step for her and absolute credit to the commitment Cole has to preparation and development of her game.
“Bec just works so damn hard at her craft, there is no other way to put it,” said Molloy, adding, “The kid has put up with so much, but her perseverance and focus on being the absolute best she can be is something every junior should look up to.”
“You only need look at how many young girls and their parents flock to meet Bec after a Boomers game to see how much she inspire people. We are all really pleased to see her get this opportunity.”
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The Australian 3×3 Open Women’s World Championship Schedule (all times AEST):
June 18: Australia vs. Ukraine at 1.20am
June 18: Australia vs. China at 2.50am
June 20: Australia vs. Japan at 2.00am
June 20: Australia vs. Netherlands at 4.50am
June 21-22: Quarter Finals (10.50pm)- Gold Medal Game (5.00am)