Wheelchair basketball is the fastest growing sport for athletes with a disability and is played in over 80 countries by over 100,000 athletes at all levels around the globe. Now in its 27th season, the National Wheelchair Basketball League has seen some great names go on to play for Australia and other International Leagues and is considered the ‘melting pot’ for developing and encouraging future Wheelchair Basketball athletes.
2015 saw the introduction of a Men’s and a Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team, with the Kilsyth Cobras now competing in the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) and the Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL). This significant investment by Kilsyth Basketball into inclusive sport builds and expands on the variety of basketball pathways available within the association that lead to athletic excellence.
Since joining the NWBL and WNWBL, the Cobras have achieved overwhelming success, with the Men claiming National Championships in 2015 and 2016, while the Women were also crowned Champions in 2015. Kilsyth boast three current Paralympians, with Tristan Knowles, Shawn Russell, and Kilsyth Junior and former SEABL Cobra Josh Allison representing Australia at the 2016 Rio Paralympics as members of the Australian Rollers.
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The Cobras have signed point guard and rising star Sean MacDonald for the 2018 SEABL season. The 17 year-old MacDonald comes to Kilsyth as one of Australia’s top young prospects and boasts a winning pedigree, having won multiple gold medals at both the national and international level. MacDonald led the Under 18 Victoria Metro
The Lady Cobras have signed point guard Taylor Lee for the 2018 SEABL season. The 21 year old Lee gives the Lady Cobras a quick and exciting presence at the point guard position, with her elite speed enabling her to create plays off the dribble while being a disruptive force on the defensive end.
The Cobra Men have re-signed veteran guard Tariq Naqqash for the 2018 SEABL season. Naqqash gives the Cobras another dangerous offensive weapon on the perimeter, joining newcomers Sam Daly and import Isaac Turner in the backcourt rotation. The 103-game veteran is coming off a solid 2017 campaign, one which saw him finish fourth on