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Martin, Goulding, Lisch in Australian Olympic Team

Melbourne United’s Chris Goulding, Perth Wildcats Damian Martin and Sydney Kings Kevin Lisch have been named in the Australian Men’s Olympic Basketball Team today alongside their NBA based counterparts. Despite injury Andrew Bogut has been given until the last minute to prove his fitness and play at his third Olympic Games alongside five other players with Olympic experience. David Andersen will become one of only eight Australian men to compete at four Olympic Games in Rio, Patty Mills and Joe Ingles are off to their third Games while newly crowned NBA champion Matthew Dellavedova and Aron Baynes return after helping the side to 7th at the London 2012 Games. Chris Goulding has taken his game to another level in recent times flourishing in the NBL playing for Melbourne United while also getting the chance in Italy and Spain. “Over the past couple of years I’ve really matured as a basketballer and as a person. I’ve been lucky enough to have some really good coaches and great people around me that have helped me achieve this goal.” “The nerves were there during the camp and before the announcement. Now there’s a little bit of relief but we can’t get lazy or anything so it's back to practice today. We’ve got a lot of work to do before August 5th and 6th when our first game is and we’re looking forward to getting amongst it.” “Playing at the Olympics will definitely be different to what I’ve experienced before. It’s more excitement for what’s at hand. The best basketballing countries in the world and the biggest tournament in sports. Its more excitement and can’t wait to be a part of it.” Goulding suffered an ankle injury in off-season training just prior to the Boomers camp and said it was hard not bonding with his teammates during their recent trip to Uluru or at the start of the camp. “It was tough not being able to train the first couple of days here. When you see how intense and great the guys were doing at camp. The medical staff both here and at Melbourne United were fantastic and got me up for the last couple of days for camp and obviously it got me through.” “I was really looking forward to Uluru and speaking to all the guys it was obviously a fantastic trip. I was speaking to Patty and Joe who organised it beforehand and said that the best thing for me to help this team in Rio is if I stay at home and work on my recovery and don’t get on a flight too soon. Obviously disappointing to miss it but at least it paid off.” The side’s first match in Rio is less than four weeks away and now the final squad is set they will turn their attention to putting the final touches on their preparation. “We have a couple of games now in Melbourne and then we head to South America where we will have a few more games just to really tune up, get in sync with the team and ensure we are firing on all cylinders for our first game. “I will definitely be playing in one of the games this week. Because there is a lot of time before Rio we want to give the ankle the best chance of healing. Coming towards our South American tour before the Olympics I want to have no dramas there and play as much as the coaches want me too.” Australia will play their first match on Day 1 (August 6) of Rio 2016 against France. They then take on Serbia on Day 3 (August 8), face the USA on Day 5 (August 10), play China on Day 7 (August 12) and round out the group stage against Venezuela on Day 9 (August 14). The men’s basketball team has gone close to winning an Olympic medal on three occasions as they finished fourth at the Seoul 1988, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Games. AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS Matthew Dellavedova Patty Mills Joe Ingles Aron Baynes Andrew Bogut Damian Martin Kevin Lisch Ryan Broekhoff David Andersen Cameron Bairstow Chris Goulding Brock Motum
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