Wikinews Interviews Australian wheelchair basketball player Georgia Inglis

From Wikinews, the free news source you can write!
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thai-Japanese Bangkok Youth Center, BangkokWikinews interviewed Georgia Inglis, 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.

They are hoping to qualify for the World Championships, which are being held in Toronto, Canada, in June next year. Inglis is one of two new players in the team. Wikinews caught up with her 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?

Georgia Inglis: In Perth.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Perth!

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) According to the [draft Wikipedia] article, it says that you had an accident involving a ride-on lawn mower?

Georgia Inglis: Yep. That's true.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Really? What happened?

Georgia Inglis: The boy just didn't see me, so he ran over.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And how old were you?

Georgia Inglis: I was ten.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) It says also that you were a tennis player and a swimmer.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Which sports did you get involved in? You were playing sports before your accident?

Georgia Inglis: I did tennis before my accident, and I did tennis after my accident and I did swimming after my accident.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And it says that you were a really good tennis player and swimmer.

Georgia Inglis: Um, no, not that good. I was a little bit competitive, but that's about it.

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

Georgia Inglis: I just enjoyed the team sport more. Yes, enjoyed it a lot more.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So when did you start playing?

Georgia Inglis: Three or four years ago, I think it was.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) A you joined the local team there?

Georgia Inglis: The juniors, yeah. Then I trained with the Western Stars. And I got on the team.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) When was that, about 2010 or 2011?

Georgia Inglis: The first Kevin King cup. Whenever that was.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) I'll find out

Georgia Inglis: It was in Sydney.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You've been playing with them for three or four years.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And you were selected for the Osaka Cup earlier this year.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Which was your first overseas trip with the Gliders.

Georgia Inglis: With the Gliders, yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You've been overseas with the under 23?

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Where'd you go?

Georgia Inglis: Canada! Toronto.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay!

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) I saw you play in the [WNWBL] games. You were particularly impressive in that final.

Georgia Inglis: The Grand Final?

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) The Grand Final. You guys won.

Georgia Inglis: Yeah.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) You were really good.

Georgia Inglis: Oh, thank you.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And so you were at a couple of training camps, and then you were selected for this.

Georgia Inglis: Yep.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And so how has it been?

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, it's been really good. I loved it. Really good. Really enjoyed it.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) And Bangkok? What do you think about it?

Georgia Inglis: It's an interesting place.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Bit different?

Georgia Inglis: Very different to Australia.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Have you been overseas only to Toronto, or have you been elsewhere?

Georgia Inglis: No, I went to Italy and trained over there for three months.

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

Georgia Inglis: Last year. And I played for... well I didn't really play, but I trained with a team in Sardinia.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) So you were part of the team?

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, but I didn't really play, just trained.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Some other players have...

Georgia Inglis: Yeah, Luke Pople and Alan Deans. We all went over there.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Anything else you'd like to say?

Georgia Inglis: Can't really think of anything.

Wikinews waves Left.png((WNWikinews waves Right.png)) Okay! No worries! Thank you!


Sources

Wikinews
This exclusive interview features first-hand journalism by a Wikinews reporter. See the collaboration page for more details.


Bookmark-new.svg