Wheelchair Basketball Training Centre Rolls into Western Sydney

On Sunday March 23rd WS NSW launched a Wheelchair Basketball Training Centre at Kevin Betts Stadium in Mt Druitt! The Opening Day featured the final round of the 2014 Autumn Wheelchair Basketball League as well as a ‘Come and Try’ wheelchair basketball session for new and current members. People of all ages and abilities were encouraged to grab a chair and start wheeling! There was a great turnout including lots of new faces and there were enough participants to run a ‘Come and Try’ session for both juniors and adults across two courts. Basic wheelchair skills, basketball drills and games were played, which sparked new interest, discovery of talent and encouraged members to get involved in the new wheelchair basketball program. Four time Paralympian Gerry Hewson took the senior group whilst National League players Josh Meoli and Caitlin de Wit assisted with the juniors. Our new members also got to meet Sydney Kings player Shaun Gleeson who participated in the ‘Come and Try’ session and tried wheelchair basketball for his first time. The first trial session for the new weekly wheelchair basketball program will be held on Saturday 29th March from 4pm – 6pm. New players and their families are encouraged to come along as there are plenty of wheelchairs for everyone to join in and have a go! The second trial session will be held the following Saturday on April 5th from 4pm – 6pm. There will also be a school holiday clinic on April 22nd from 10am – 3pm which is designed for new and inexperienced players who want to improve their skills and receive coaching from Gerry Hewson. Both the trial sessions and school holiday clinic are free for WS NSW members and participants will have the opportunity to register for the new program. The weekly wheelchair basketball training sessions will commence on May 5th and run on a school term basis from 4pm – 6pm each Saturday. The cost is just $5 a week which includes court hire, loan of a wheelchair and specialised coaching. Thanks to the generosity of Soul Sport, regular attendees will also receive free training singlets! Help us grow the sporting opportunities for people with a physical disability in Western Sydney and come along to the weekly training. Both disabled and able-bodied participants of all ages and abilities are welcome. For further information on the Wheelchair Basketball Training Centre please contact Maddie from WS NSW on (02) 9809 5260 or maddieh@wsnsw.org.au.

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