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 VYC Cobra Men tip-off their postseason campaign at home this Sunday when they take on the Dandenong Rangers as part of a huge weekend of hoops action at Kilsyth. The Cobras enter the postseason tied for the league’s second best record at a 15-7. Possessing a potent offence that averages 82.5ppg, the Cobras are
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With their season on the line, the Cobra Men came up big on Saturday night as they recorded an impressive 88-75 home win over the Frankston Blues. Going ahead 6-4 early in the first quarter, the Cobras would never look back, taking the lead for good as they recorded their ninth win of the season