Wheelchair basketball is one of the most popular Paralympic sports
Fast, physical and challenging it is played worldwide in hundreds of countries in both amateur and professional leagues
The sport is played by athletes with spina bifida, amputees, brittle bones and a mixture of other disabilities
Who can participate?
Wheelchair basketball is one of the few Paralympic sports where able bodied players are allowed to compete up to Paralympic level. A 1 pointer is the most functionally disabled player on court with a 5 pointer being able bodied. In competitive leagues a team cannot succeed a given points total.
Where in the world?
Wheelchair basketball is played all over the world from Australia to the USA, Brazil to China. At the Beijing Paralympics, Australia clinched gold in the men’s competition and USA claimed gold in the women’s competition.
What’s near me?
Due to the vast popularity of the sport, there are 65 teams playing in 9 divisions in the UK. You can locate your nearest club by using the Club Finder on the GBWBA website http://www.gbwba.org.uk/gbwba/index.cfm/wheelchair-basketball/find-a-club/
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