Wheelchair Sports in Australia
There's nothing quite like playing sports and participating in games and outdoor pursuits to really make you come alive. The thrill of participation, teamwork, camaraderie & adreniline has thousands of wheelchair sports people meeting all over Australia each day and particularly on the weekend.
We are blessed in Australia to have a great climate and loads of active organisation to get involved with. These factors coupled with world leading R&D into sports wheelchairs gives all athletes (regardless of ability) the opportunity to get out there and play.
We are sports mad here at Wicked Wheelchairs and can advise you on the best wheelchairs for your particular passion. Remember also to support your local sports club or program in your state. And alway remember to thank the volunteers in these clubs for the time they give.
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About Wheelchair Sports
Wheelchair basketball is a fantastic sport, played on a standard sized basketball court with standard height baskets. There is no illegal-dribble rule and players are allowed two pushes of their wheels before they pass, dribble or shoot the ball. The wheelchair is counted as part of the body so to block a player, you must stop their chair. The game is fast, furious and is all about tactics.
Players are classified based on their functional ability from 1.0 to 4.5 points. The higher the number, the higher the functional ability. Each team is allowed to have 14 points on the court at any time and for local and state competitions, this number can vary.
Wheelchair Tennis follows traditional tennis rules and certainly maintains the same traditions of high levels of skill, fitness and strategy.
The only difference in wheelchair tennis competitions is that the players are allowed two bounces of the ball.
Tennis Australia and Tennis Queensland are committed to making their sport inclusive of people of all ability levels. Contact your local tennis club for information about come and try opportunities and membership. Tennis Queensland can provide contact details for tennis clubs in your area.
In Queensland wheelchair athletes can participate in weekly training sessions with Wheelchair State Coach Andrew Ash. The weekly training sessions take place every Tuesday evening at the Queensland Tennis Centre starting at 5pm for beginners and high performance at 6pm.
Tennis Queensland also provide wheelchair athletes with extra monthly training on Sunday’s with Andrew Ash and organise four Mini Circuits a year to give athletes an opportunity to compete.
Wheelchair athletes receive the opportunity to participate alongside upcoming players in AMT and Open tournaments throughout Queensland, interstate and overseas. Give it a go you may be Australia's next Wimbledon champion, world champion or Olympic champion!
Queensland State Wheelchair Coach
Ph: 0413 288 874
Boccia is a competitive game that can be played one-on-one, in pairs, or with teams of three. It is played on a specially marked court, usually with a hard surface. The goal of the game is for players/teams to bowl game balls so that they get them as close as possible to a special target ball. Boccia is an activity that can be enjoyed by persons of all ages and persons with a wide variety of disabilities. It can be played for recreation or as a competitive sport. Boccia is well-known as a sport requiring both skill and strategy, with the emphasis being on accuracy as opposed to strength
It also can develop or increase hand-eye coordination. Finally, boccia is an activity in which individuals with severe disabilities can participate and develop a high level of skill. The game can be easily adapted to allow players with functional limitations to use chutes and ramps in order to place their game balls into play.
More information on playing
Information about getting started playing Boccia is available from Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, either from their website http://www.sportingwheelies.org.au/our-services/sport/sports-a-z/boccia or from their Sports Programs Co-ordinator on (07) 3253 3333.
Aussie Boccia Athlete Profiles
Wheelchair Sports Videos
Whether you're looking to become an Olympian, local club racer or you just enjoy the outdoors, checkout these videos and find some inspiration to get out there this weekend. And if you need the right gear, we're always here at Wicked Wheelchairs to advise you on the right equipment for your chosen sport.
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