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Sarah Vinci

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Sarah Vinci
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No. 4 Sarah Vinci
Personal information
Nationality  Australia
Born (1991-12-04) 4 December 1991 (age 25)
Sport
Country Australia
Sport Wheelchair basketball
Disability Spina bifida
Disability class 1.0
Event(s) Women's team
Club Western Stars

Sarah Vinci (born 4 December 1991) is a 1 point wheelchair basketball player who plays for the Perth Western Stars in the Australian Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League. She made her debut with the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team, known as the Gliders, in 2011, when she played in the Osaka Cup in Japan. Vinci represented Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London in wheelchair basketball, winning a silver medal. Her most recent international appearance was at the 2013 Osaka Cup.

Personal[edit]

Vinci was born on 4 December 1991 in Perth, Western Australia.[1][2] She has spina bifida.[2][3] As of 2013, Vinci lives in Spearwood, Western Australia,[2][3][4] and is a student. She has already attended a Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institute, where she earned a certificate in digital media.[1][3]

Career[edit]

Vinci at the 2012 London Paralympics
Vinci at the 2012 London Paralympics
Wikinews reporters interview Australian Glider Leanne Del Toso, Sarah Vinci, Amber Merritt and Clare Nott

Vinci is a 1 point wheelchair basketball player. She started playing wheelchair basketball in 2006.[3][5] Vinci joined the Perth Western Stars in the Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL) in 2009,[6] and has been with the club into the 2013 season.[3] In 2010, she won the league's junior championship, the Kevin Coombs Cup, when her team beat the New South Wales side 63–58.[3][7]

Vinci was selected to participate in a national team training camp in 2010,[8] and made her debut with the national team, universally known as the Gliders,[9] the following year, when she played in the Osaka Cup in Japan.[3] She competed in the 2011 Asia Oceania Regional Championships,[10] the 2011 U25 World Championships,[3][11] and the 2012 BT Paralympic World Cup, competing in the final match against Germany.[12]

Vinci was selected to represent Australia at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in wheelchair basketball.[13][14] The London Games were her first.[15] She attended a Paralympic farewell ceremony at Perth's State Basketball Centre in late July.[16]

In the group stage, the Australia women's national wheelchair basketball team at the 2012 Summer Paralympics posted wins against Brazil,[17] Great Britain,[18] and the Netherlands,[19] but lost to Canada.[20] This was enough to advance the Gliders to the quarter-finals, where they beat Mexico.[21] The Gliders then defeated the United States by a point to set up a final clash with Germany.[22] The Gliders lost 44–58, and earned a silver medal.[23]

At the 2013 Osaka Cup in Japan,[24] Vinci and the Gliders successfully defended the title they had previously won in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.[25]

Statistics[edit]

Season statistics[26]
Competition Season Matches FGM–FGA FG% 3FGM–3FGA 3FG% FTM–FTA FT% PF Pts TOT AST PTS
WNWBL 2009 17 16–39 41.0 0.0 2–6 33.3 9 34 1.8 0.4 2.0
WNWBL 2010 17 15–27 55.6 0.0 0.0 8 30 1.6 0.4 1.8
WNWBL 2011 19 35–106 33.0 0.0 3–13 23.1 14 73 3.3 1.5 3.8
WNWBL 2012 15 32–102 31.4 0.0 3–8 37.5 16 67 2.9 1.1 4.5
WNWBL 2013 19 31–91 34.1 0.0 4–11 36.4 17 66 1.8 0.4 2.0
Key
FGM, FGA, FG%: field goals made, attempted and percentage 3FGM, 3FGA, 3FG%: three-point field goals made, attempted and percentage
FTM, FTA, FT%: free throws made, attempted and percentage PF: personal fouls
Pts, PTS: points, average per game TOT: turnovers average per game, AST: assists average per game

Gallery[edit]

Sarah Vinci
Sarah Vinci at the Gliders and Rollers World Challenge, Sydney, July 2013 
Vinci and teammate Amber Merritt during a time out at the 2012 Rollers & Gliders World Challenge in Sydney in July 2012 
Sarah Vinci of the Western Stars women's wheelchair basketball team. Sydney, 14 July 2013 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Player statistics for Sarah Vinci — SportingPulse". Gawain.sportingpulse.com. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Wheelchair Basketball". Media Guide, London 2012 Paralympic Games. Homebush Bay, New South Wales: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. pp. 92–99 [99]. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Sarah Vinci". Australia: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Robinson, Chris (5 July 2012). "Seven WA basketballers picked for Paralympics". Perth Now. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Grant Funding Report". Bruce, Australian Capital Territory: Australian Sports Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Gliders v Japan". Basketball Victoria. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Wheelchair Basketball". Basketball Australia. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "Local Gliders". Hills Shire Times. Sydney, Australia. 19 January 2010. p. 77. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Gliders". Basketball Australia. Retrieved 25 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Wheelcats, Stars headline national teams". The West Australian. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  11. ^ "Aust U25 Women's Wheelchair team depart for Canada — Women's National Wheelchair Basketball League". SportingPulse. 30 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sarah Vinci photos - BT Paralympic World Cup - Day Five". Zimbio Entertainment. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Games wheelchair basketball squads named". Australia: Nine MSN. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  14. ^ Foreman, Glen (8 July 2012). "Brad Ness ready to compete in fourth Paralympics". News.com.au. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "Games wheelchair Basketball Squads Named". Nine MSN. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Foreman, Glen (24 July 2012). "Aussie paralympians throw down gauntlet to the Poms". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Abbott, Chris (30 August 2012). "Gliders Prevail in Thriller". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 3 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  18. ^ Abbott, Chris (31 August 2012). "Gliders Win Comfortably Against Host". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 2 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  19. ^ Abbott, Chris (2 September 2012). "Gliders Secure Quarter Final Place". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  20. ^ "Gliders shocked by Canada". Basketball Australia. 2 September 2012. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  21. ^ Abbott, Chris (4 September 2012). "Gliders Dominate Mexico". Australian Paralympic Committee. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  22. ^ "Gliders down champions to reach final". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 7 September 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  23. ^ Paxinos, Stathi (9 September 2013). "Gliders get rolled for gold by German muscle". The Age. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 
  24. ^ "2013 Osaka Cup, Japan, Australian Gliders Player Profiles" (PDF). Basketball Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Aussie Gliders 2013 Osaka Cup Champions". Basketball Australia. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2013. 
  26. ^ "Player Profile -Sarah Vinci (1.0)". Sporting Pulse. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 3 December 2013.