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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : June 25 2008
YOUR LOCAL CUMBERLAND NEWSPAPER THURSDAY, JUNE 26, 2008 PHONE 9689 5528 80c incl. GST New series The Nest The Nest PAGE 5 Nominate now Thanks dad Thanks dad PAGE 7 Disney on Ice Giveaway Giveaway PAGE 23 SUPERHEROES AND SCI-FI TRAGICS MIX PAGE 6 Gold in sights XAVIER TOBY Wheelchair basketball coach Gerry Hewson (right) with Paralympian basketball player Kylie Gauci at Auburn Basketball Centre. Picture: BRENT McGILVARY P0603361 HEADING into his sixth Paralympic Games -- the second time as a coach-- Gerry Hewson is hoping to replicate the success of the 1996 Atlanta Games. Hewson was part of the gold medal-winning men's wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, which is still the only Australian basketball team to win an Olympic gold. He went to four Paralympics as a player and has been coaching the women's team, the Gliders, since 2003. At the 2004 Athens Olympics the women's team won a silver medal. ''We didn't play well in the final. It was sad to lose but looking back it was a great achievement,'' Hewson said. The Rhodes resident is a part- time coach with the NSW Institute of Sport, devoting the rest of his time to caring for his three young sons, aged seven, five and two. ''Coaching is very rewarding and is a lot more commitment. Instead of just worrying about yourself, you're responsible for 12 players and five staff,'' he said. ''Winning is great, but the best part is working on different things in practice, then seeing them work in a game. ''It's also great watching and helping the players to develop.'' As well as coaching the women's team, he holds individual sessions with the men's and women's national players based in Sydney. The individual training sessions involve skill work, ball handling, passing and plenty of shooting. ''The upper body work is very important,'' Hewson said. The Inner-West Weekly attended a session with Kylie Gauci from Rooty Hill, who has been on the national team since 2001. Gauci has played the sport for 12 years, first making the Australian team when she was only 16. ''The silver medal was definitely the highlight of my career. Hope- fully we can go one better this time around,'' Gauci said. The Paralympics will be held from September 7 to 17 and will be broadcast on the ABC. At the most recent world championships the women's team finished fourth, but Hewson believes the team could do better in Beijing. ''They are definitely up there with the Germans, Americans and Canadians -- the other three best teams in the world,'' Hewson said. At two recent competitions in the US, the team finished third and fourth. ''It's a young squad with an average age of 25-26 and out of the 12 girls on the team, six competed at the last Olympics and six are new,'' he said. Hewson started wheelchair sports after a motorcycle accident in 1980, when he was 22. He first made the national team in 1986. ''I'd never played basketball be- fore. I tried a lot of (individual) sports but liked the team play, and the bash and bang was great fun,'' he said. The NSW Wheelchair Sports Association is looking for players of any skill level. Phone 9809 5260 or visit www.wsnsw.org.au
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