Still chasing that elusive first gold

On a roll: Kylie Gauci has high hopes for a podium finish with the Australian Gliders at the world titles in Canada next month. Picture: Gary Warrick

On a roll: Kylie Gauci has high hopes for a podium finish with the Australian Gliders at the world titles in Canada next month. Picture: Gary Warrick

THE wheels are still turning for Rooty Hill wheelchair basketballer Kylie Gauci.

After three Paralympics, the veteran will represent the Australian Gliders women's team at her fourth world titles in Toronto, Canada next month.

Also on the team is long-time Gliders teammate Sarah Stewart from Whalan.

They leave Australia next week for a lead-up tournament in Germany and training camp in the Netherlands before the world titles June 20-28.

A certain colour is missing from Gauci's mantelpiece, who has represented Australia since 2002.

"We're looking to win a gold medal, which the womens team has never won," Gauci said.

"We haven't won a medal of any colour at the world championships since 2002.

"To be crowned world champions would be a big thing."

The Gliders face stiff competition from 2012 Paralympic gold medallists Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Great Britain, defending world champions USA and hosts Canada.

They are in a tough pool with Netherlands, USA, Mexico, Peru and France.

"It's a very close competition and any team can win the title on their day," Gauci said.

"We've lost two players since the London Paralympics so it hasn't been a massive restructure."

Gauci said she had seen the skill level and quickness of the game increase in the last 12 years.

"It's juggling act with training, playing and a full-time job," she said.

"I feel the public exposure of our sport has picked up since the Paralympics."

Gauci said she considered retirement after the 2012 Paralympics, where she won silver.

"I struggled with the decision," she said. "Our squad was still strong competitively and I wanted to build on that."

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