The Australian Pearls will compete against Russia, Poland, Brazil, France, Mexico and Portugal during the week long tournament and after finishing 2nd at the 2006 Championship in Japan, the Pearls will be looking to go one better in Rome.

Kaitlyn will represent the Pearls for the first time at the World Cup after representing Victoria Metro at the last three Ivor Burge National Championships winning two silvers and a gold medal.  The Ivor Burge National Championship are conducted by Basketball Australia in February each year in conjunction with the Under 20 Nationals Championships to provide athletes with an Intellectual Disability an opportunity to compete on the National stage.

After beginning her basketball career in Grade 3 for Montrose Primary School in Kilsyth Basketball’s After School Competition, Kaitlyn joined the Montrose Vikings and has played for them ever since.  Kaitlyn attends Heatherwood School in Donvale where she is studying a VCAL sports program.

When asked about her feelings on being selected to represent Australia Kaitlyn was over the moon, “I am very honoured to get the opportunity to represent Australia.  Lauren Jackson is my hero and to be able to where the Australian uniform, like she has, will be a fantastic experience.”

“Not everyone has the opportunity to represent Australia; I will make the most of the experience. I would like to thank Kilsyth Basketball and Club Kilsyth for their support in helping me achieve my goal. They have not only provided me with financial assistance but also the opportunity to train with the Under 18-2 Cobra girls,” she said.

Club Kilsyth supports the local individuals and organisations in the community such as Maroondah Hospital, Montrose CFA, Kilsyth Football Club and Mt Evelyn Primary School through its Community partnership program. The Community partnership program is a core element of commitment to social responsibility. Both our staff and business partners are encouraged to engage in the development and practical delivery of the community involvement. Sponsorship applications are encouraged by submitting an application form available from

Kilsyth Basketball and Club Kilsyth wish Kaitlyn all the very best for the 2008 World Cup and are proud to support another player representing Australia in International Competition.

Those wishing to follow the progress of the Australian Pearls should stay tuned to for all the results.  Any organisation who would like to make a tax deductible donation the Australian Pearls can contact Ausrapid on 03 5762 2560.