this photo was taken by a professional photographer! i do not claim it in any way, shape or form
me and my Wheelchair Basketball team, The NSW Junior Wheelies, at the 2013 Country Cup (a NSW state competition). not many of the kids were in the mood for a photo sines we had just played 2 games already that morning, and we were just about to play another one
but despite the fact most of us were bruised and sore by the end of the weekend-long comp, it was a tone of fun. i think all up we played 7 games and came 5th, so not too bad when you take into consideration that we were the only junior team (which means we were all under 20 years of age) and
we were missing our team captain and
some of the teams had current or ex-national league players (which is basically professional level), it's not too bad, but i'll admit we could have done a lot better if we worked together a bit more. it was great seeing everyone again, we all come from different areas of NSW, which i suppose is a fairly decent sized state, so we don't often get the chance to train together, so when we do get to see each other, it's really great!
in the photo (left to right):
Jarred (far left), Jess, Andy (at the back), Tommy (up front), Coben, Costa (in the purple chair up front), Jo and Cath (me
unfortunately, our team captain, Max couldn't make it because he had to work, and one of our other teammates, Ash, was playing for another team this weekend (although she did play a few games on our team when her team was having a game-break).
the spelling of the names may be a little off...sorry about that
omg I HATE those corts we had to play on! they're made from rubber, which helps the able-bod basketballers get grip while they run, but the chairs sink into the rubber slightly, but it's enough to make it twice as hard to push and get some decent speed, although turning is a bit easier (a bit too easy though, you end up going where you weren't intending to go
also, i want to say this now, becuase every time i say i play Wheelchair Basketball in real life, someone always asks, 'do you lower the ring so it's easier to shoot?'. even though we are closer to the ground (unless you're realy tall) becuase we have to sit down to play, no, the ring is not lowered, it's the same hight that able-bods play with (just to clarify, by able-bods, i mean people who play basketball standing up). another question is 'can you just put the ball on your lap to carry it?' again, no. just like able-bod basketball, that is called traveling and it's not allowed, you have to dribble (bounce) the ball while you push the chair.
i'm happy to answer any questions about the game too, i don't know everything about it, but i'll try my best to answer.
photo © William A Stewart AAPS or Mrs Robyn Stewart
a special thanks to Wheelchair Sports NSW for organizing the event and to our coaches, Troy and Nikki, for helping us to improve over the weekend!