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Aussie Basketball 3×3 stars ready to ball out at Birmingham

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The exciting sport will make its Commonwealth Games debut at Birmingham 2022, with the competition taking place with the backdrop of the city’s iconic skyline.

After wowing television audiences around the world during its debut at the Tokyo Olympics, the sport of Basketball 3×3 is ready to make its Commonwealth Games debut at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The sport of Basketball 3×3 (pronounced three-ex-three), is an exciting game to play and has grown in popularity in recent years across the Commonwealth earning its spot on the Birmingham sport program.

It won’t just be Basketball 3×3 that will be making its debut, but also Wheelchair Basketball 3×3 will be contested at the Birmingham Games, as part of the largest Para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history.

Fuelled with a fast-paced energy, a 3×3 game lasts for only ten minutes with no half-time or quarters, which makes for an exhilarating watch as players are essentially on the move the entire time.

Even after scoring, there are no breaks in the action.

The winning team is the first to 21 points or whichever has the most points after the 10-minute period.

In such a short amount of time, players must be able to demonstrate teamwork, tactics and agility.

The entertaining version of the sport is often accompanied by a live DJ, to help create a party atmosphere.

One of Australia’s best women’s 3×3 basketball players Maddie Garrick is thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase the sport to Australian fans and the rest of the nations and territories in the Commonwealth and bring the party to the Birmingham Games.

“We are super excited to go, I’m super excited, I’m obsessed with anything to do with the Australian Team at the Olympics, Paralympics, Commonwealth Games, I love the Opening Ceremonies,” Garrick said during Commonwealth Games Australia’s ‘300 Days to Go’ show.

“So having the opportunity to be a part of it and for the sport of 3×3, for our 3×3 squad members, and being a part of the whole Australian Team is exciting.”

 

Australia has quickly established itself as one of the leading nations on the global 3×3 circuit.

The Australian men’s side is the reigning two-time FIBA 3×3 Asia Cup winners, while the Aussie women are the current 2019  champions, the last time the tournament was held before the COVID-19.

However, in heartbreaking fashion the Australian women missed qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics, stunning Garrick and the rest of the Australian squad but providing the drive to focus on the Birmingham Games.

“We missed out on qualifying for the Olympics, it was hard to watch the Tokyo Olympics,” Garrick said.

“So you know this is going to be our biggest tournament yet, and we’re super excited to go.”

 

The Australian sides have qualified amongst the 14 nations that will compete at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The Birmingham Games will also feature the historic debut of Wheelchair Basketball 3×3, as part of the biggest Para-sport program in Commonwealth Games history.

The Wheelchair Basketball 3×3 teams are yet to be announced.

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will take place from 28 July to 8 August, with the 3×3 basketball tournament to take place at Smithfield in downtown Birmingham from Friday 29 July through Tuesday 2 August.

To be in the stands in Birmingham supporting the Basketball 3×3 teams and the rest of the Australian team, for the first time Australian families and fans will be able to access group tickets for all events at the Commonwealth Games.

The Family & Fans Tour ensures Australian families and fans can sit and cheer together, stay together and play together at the Birmingham Games.

Tour packages are available for all sports; however, numbers are limited.

Bookings are now open, learn more about the Family & Fans Tour below.

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