International Achievements

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The long term objective of the basketball program is to develop athletes as ‘Opals’ and ‘Boomers’ to represent Australia at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Since 1981, AIS scholarship holders and coaches have represented Australia at both events.

The Opals are the women's senior national team representing Australia, and are named after the precious and valuable gemstone  common in the country.

The Boomers are the senior national men's team representing Australia, and are named after the Australian kangaroo, which is often referred to as a Boomer in Australian slang.

 The world body FIBA conduct for the senior teams once every 4 years and for junior teams every two years.

Year

National Women 'Opals'

Host

Place


Year

National Men 'Boomers'

Host

Place

1957

 World Championships

Brazil

10th

 

1956

Olympic Games

Melbourne

12th

1967

 World Championshops

Czech Rep

10th

 

1964

Olympic Games

Tokyo

9th

1971

 World Championships

Brazil

9th

 

1970

 World Championships

Yugoslavia

12th

1975

 World Championships

Columbia

10th

 

1972

Olympic Games

Munich

9th

1979

 World Championships

Korea

4th

 

1974

 World Championships

Puerto Rico

12th

1983

 World Championships

Brazil

11th

 

1976

Olympic Games

Montreal

8th

1984

Olympic Games

Los Angeles

5th

 

1978

 World Championships

Philippines

7th

1986

 World Championships

Soviet Union

9th

 

1980

Olympic Games

Moscow

8th

1988

Olympic Games

Seoul

4th

 

1984

Olympc Games

Los Angeles

7th

1990

 World Championships

Malaysia

6th

 

1986

 World Championships

Spain

13th

1994

 World Championships

Sydney

4th

 

1988

Olympic Games

Seoul

4th

1996

Olympic Games

Atlanta

Bronze

 

1990

 World Championships

Argentina

7th

1998

 World Championships

Germany

Bronze

 

1992

Olympic Games

Spain

6th

2000

Olympic Games

Sydney

Silver

 

1994

 World Championships

Canada

5th

2002

 World Championships

China

Bronze

 

1996

Olympic Games

Atlanta

4th

2004

Olympic Games

Athens

Silver

 

1998

 World Championships

Greece

9th

2006

 World Championships

Brazil

Gold

 

2000

Olympic Games

Sydney

4th

2008

Olympic Games

Beijing

Silver

 

2004

Olympic Games

Athens

9th

2010

 World Championships

Czech Rep

5th

 

2006

 World Championships

Japan

Top 16

2012

Olympic Games

London

Bronze

 

2008

Olympic Games

Beijing

7th

2014

 World Championships

Turkey

.....

 

2010

 World Championships

Turkey

10th

2016

Olympic Games

Rio

.......

 

2012

Olympic Games

London

7th





 

2014

 World Championships

Spain

......





 

2016

Olympic Games

Rio

.....

The Gems and Emu's are the women's and men's junior 19U National teams representing Australia at the FIBA World Championships every two years. The Gems  name for the women is named after one of Australia's major exports. While the Emu's name for the men is named fater the largest native bird to Australia.

Year

Gems - Host Country

Place


Year

Emus - Host Country Place

1985

United States

6th


1979

 Brazil 9th

1989

Spain

Bronze


1983

 Spain 10th

1993

Korea

Gold


1987

 Italy 5th

1997

Brazil

Silver


1991

 Canada 11th

2001

Czech Republic

4th


1995

 Greece Silver

2005

Tunisia

6th


1999

 Portugal 5th

2007

Slovak Republic

5th


2003

Greece
Gold

 In 2010 the inaugural FIBA 17U World Championships for men and women commenced. This age group classification was recently created by basketball's world governing body FIBA.

Year

Women - Host Country

Place

    

Year

Men - Host Country

Place

2010

France

7th


2010

Germany

6th

2012

Netherlands

5th


2012

Lithuania

Silver

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