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The road to the Rollers

Young gun Keltan Williams chosen for under-23 wheelchair basketball camp

Keltan Williams at the Narrabri basketball courts on Tuesday evening.

Local wheelchair basketballer Keltan Williams may only be 14 years old, but on January 22 he will be part of an under-23 national training camp, hosted at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra.

Players chosen will train at the four day camp from January 22-25 at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence.

Keltan, the son of Parish and Mandy Williams, was identified as a future national player at the 2017 Kevin Coombs Cup, where he represented NSW which finished fourth at the tournament.

Strong performances at the tournament earned him a spot at the coming camp.

The Australian Development Camp will help the Narrabri High School student move one step closer to his goal - playing for the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers.

Australian Rollers head coach Craig Friday will be the lead coach at the camp.

He will be well supported by Rollers assistant coach and former captain Brad Ness, as well as other support staff including medical staff, a team manager and several development coaches.

The camp will act as a pathway to the next under-23 wheelchair basketball world championships, which will be held in 2021.

Australia has claimed the bronze medal at three of the past four championships.

Keltan said that he had been playing wheelchair basketball for almost two years, that he had improved a lot since he began the sport.

He said that the coming camp would assist his development.