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Peru women qualify for basketball competition at 2015 Para Panamerican Games

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The Peruvian women’s team at the competition. Image credit: Dilka J. Benitez Ortiz

Yesterday, Peru’s women beat Colombia at the South American women’s qualifying tournament in Cali, Colombia to qualify for the 2015 Para Panamerican Games in Toronto, Canada.  The game was not particularly close, with the final score 56 – 22.

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The Peruvian side was coached by Hector Salinas.  The team includes Carmen Hancco, Jeny Robles, Edith Velasquez, Julia Zegarra, Braulia Segovia, María Tapia, Carmen Oblitas, Merlni Tunqui, Norma Garcia, Pilar Jauregui, and Lucero Garcia.

 

The Colombian roster included Evelin Serna, Magda Victoria, Rusmalia Sepulveda, Luz Muñoz, Johan Moreno, Gloria Morales, Yolanda Montero, Luisa Martínez, Sandra Henao, Marley Gutierrez, Gladys Gomez and Luz Cortez.  They came into the tournament with low expectations as the team was relatively new, with most players having little experience playing the sport.  At the moment, there is no league or regularly organized competitions in Colombia for women’s wheelchair basketball players.

 

In the gold medal game, Brazil came away victorious after beating Argentina 52 – 33.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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