Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Caitlin de Wit

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, BangkokWikinews interviewed Caitlin de Wit, of the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders. The Gliders are in Bangkok, Thailand, for the Asia–Oceania Zone Wheelchair Basketball Championships, which are being held at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center. Wikinews caught up with her on Tuesday, before the Gliders' match against China.

Georgia Inglis at the Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, Bangkok, during the Asia-Oceania Zone Championships
Image: Hawkeye7.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WikinewsWikinews waves Right.png)) Where were you born?

Caitlin de Wit: In Cape Town in South Africa.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) When did you come to Australia?

Caitlin de Wit: When I was six.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And then you moved to whereabouts?

Caitlin de Wit: And I grew up on the Central Coast.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) A I believe you had a horse riding accident?

Caitlin de Wit: I had a horse riding accident in Wagga.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What sort of horse riding were you doing?

Caitlin de Wit: I was just riding with friends. We were just like out on a ride.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you fell off.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you were at uni[versity] at the time?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, I was at uni in Wagga and that's where I had my accident. And I went obviously to hospital for a little while and rehab and then I moved back to Wagga to finish my degree.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) What was the degree in?

Caitlin de Wit: Equine studies. Horses.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you played sport before then?

Caitlin de Wit: I ran a little bit, and I rode horses. They were my sports. And then in my first year of uni I started soccer. That was my first team sport that I played.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So what made you take up basketball?

Caitlin de Wit: I suppose when I lefty hospital I was a bit bored. I wanted something to do. Keep me fit and occupied. So.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So which team did you join?

Caitlin de Wit: I just joined the local Wagga team.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) There's a local Wagga team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, there was. I don't know if its still there. And then I joined... and then Sarah Stewart saw me at a juniors' camp. And I joined what was then the Hills Hornets in the women's league.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So you played with the Hills Hornets.

Caitlin de Wit: mmm hmm

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And when was that?

Caitlin de Wit: My first season was 2007.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Did they win the championships that year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) They won for a series of years straight...

Caitlin de Wit: They won straight up until 2011. We had one win as the Flames.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you joined the junior Australian women's team?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, the under 25s.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And where did you go with them?

Caitlin de Wit: We went to Canada for the under 25 World Championships.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) When was that?

Caitlin de Wit: 2011.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you're still playing with the Flames in Sydney. And you played for the Gliders at the Osaka Cup?

Caitlin de Wit: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And that was in January this year?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. February maybe? January-February?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And that was your first trip overseas with the senior side

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And now this is therefore your second trip with the Gliders?

Caitlin de Wit: Yes.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Been overseas much before then?

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. Been overseas a little bit. Not with basketball.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Being from South Africa.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah. My family traveled a little bit as a kid, so... yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Have you played anywhere overseas with any other teams?

Caitlin de Wit: No.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So how are you enjoying it here in Bangkok?

Caitlin de Wit: Good. It's been a really great experience.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) I keep worrying about whether they are going to blockade the airport when we need to get out of here.

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah, it should be fine.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay, so enjoy it!

Caitlin de Wit: Yeah!


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