Pople selected for national wheelchair team

Dapto basketballer Luke Pople has been selected in the Australian under-23 men's wheelchair squad.

The 17-man squad, which will train in Canberra next week, will be trimmed to 12 for the World Champs later this year in Turkey.

The 22-year-old is a key member of the Wollongong Roller Hawks, which has claimed the past two National Wheelchair Basketball League titles.

Pople is hoping to be part of the team chosen for the Asia Oceania Zone qualification tournament in Thailand in June, while his primary goal is to gain a spot in the Aussie side for the September World Championships.

"At this stage, we haven't decided if we will take a full squad of 12 to the qualifiers in Thailand, but the aim next week is to take a look at the combinations," Australian team coach Tom Kyle said.

"The point of this camp is to finalise our preferred combinations and then to select those players who best match the combinations we come up with, who we believe will put us in a position to ultimately secure a medal at the World Championships."

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