Roller, Brett 'Sticky' Stibners, and Glider, Shelley Chaplin, bring us the latest as our men's & women's wheelchairThis refers to a group of athletes with a disability who are eligible to compete in wheelchair events. Some of the conditions resulting in eligibility into wheelchair events are: paraplegia, quadriplegia, spina bifida, poliomyelitis, amputee, cerebral palsy. basketball teams claim gold at the 2011 Asia Oceania Championships (South Korea), as well as qualify for the LondonHome of the 2012 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. ParalympicsGames held in parallel (or beside) the Olympic Games for athletes with disabilities..
Wheelchair Basketball ... The Facts
- Wheelchair Basketball was invented by World War II veterans in the USA in 1945.
- Basketball is open to athletes whose disabilityA Disability is generally a condition either caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease, which may restrict a person's mental processes, senses or mobility. may be paraplegiaparalysis of both lower limbs due to spinal disease or injury., lower limbleg amputation, cerebral palsyA disorder of movement and posture due to damage to an area of the brain that controls and coordinates muscle tone, reflexes, posture and movement. "Cerebral" mean brain-centred; "palsy" is a lack of muscle control. and polioPolio (Poliomyelitis) is a serious disease, caused by infection with one of the three types of poliovirus. The disease can cause long-term disabilities in its sufferers as the muscles can become paralysed. .
- The height of the basket and size of the court are in accordance with International Basketball Federation (FIBA) regulations.
- Basketball became a Paralympic sport in Rome in 1960.
- The Australian Men’s team is called the RollersAustralian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team & Gold Medalists at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008. and the Women’s team is the GlidersAustralian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team & Bronze Medalist at the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008.!
ClassificationAthletes are classified by classifiers into classes by their ability to function. The aim is to ensure that athletes of similar ability compete against one another.
- Athletes are classified according to their physical ability and are given a points rating between 1 and 4.5.
- One point equates to the most severe disability, 4.5 to the least.
- Each team fields five players but may not exceed a total of 14 points at any given time.