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U.S. Wheelchair Basketball Team Wins Gold Medal in Australia

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 General News J E 4
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8 players, 4 coaches from Courage Center Rolling Timberwolves team

MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 13 -- A wheelchair basketball team representing the United States is home after winning a Gold Medal at the inaugural Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne, Australia.  The wheelchair basketball team included eight athletes and four coaches, past and present, who compete on Courage Center’s Rolling Timberwolves. The Paralympic competition took place October 5-11 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre and included teams from throughout Australia plus international teams of athletes age 20 years or younger. 

The U.S. team was undefeated, going 7-0 in competition against five Australian teams.  In the final game, Team U.S.A. was behind by two points at halftime, but pulled ahead by 6 points at the end of the 3rd quarter, keeping the pressure on to defeat Western Australia’s Westies 68-53.  

Derrick Bisnett of Bismarck, N.D., led the team with 118 points, with Minneapolis’ Ben Kenyon scoring 64. Head Coach Mike Bauler was recognized as “Head Supervisor” of the tournament.

The U.S. roster includes:

(* Courage Center representative)

Athletes

Greg Anger, 20, Milwaukee, Wis., Missouri Tigers

*Robert Doyle, 16, Eden Prairie, Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Ben Kenyon, 18, Minnetonka, Minn., Wisconsin-Whitewater (Courage Center alum)

Dylan Fischbach, 14, Nebraska Red Dawgs, South Dakota

*Joe Dixon, 16, Lakeville, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

Jon Ruiz, 15, Chicago, Ill., Windy City Warriors

*Mark Braun, 15, Mounds View, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Rose Hollermann, 13, Elysian, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Derrick Bisnett, 16, Bismarck, N.D., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Robbie Wilhelm, 18, St. Paul, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Connor Downes, 18, Rosemount, Minn., Missouri Tigers (Courage Center alum)

Sam Blakley, 16, Utah, Utah Wheelin’ Jazz

Staff

*Mike Bauler, Head coach, New Hope, Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

Trent Thenhaus, assistant coach, Chicago, Ill., Windy City Warriors

*Brendan Downes, assistant coach, Rosemount, Minn., Arizona Wildcats

*Jeff Downes, team manager, Dallas, Texas, Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

*Tim Kenyon, assistant team manager, Minnetonka, Minn., Courage Center Junior Rolling Timberwolves

More Info: www.wsv.org.au/events/australian-paralympic-youth-games.html

About Courage Center:

Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence.  At Courage Center, we specialize in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth.  Founded in 1928, Minneapolis-based Courage Center offers advanced technologies and innovation provided in part through the efforts of thousands of volunteers and donors. For more information visit www.CourageCenter.org.

SOURCE Courage Center

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