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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In accordance with the recommendation from Basketball Victoria, all Kilsyth Basketball competitions will be suspended effective until further notice. Update – Monday March 23 In response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the Australian Federal Government has announced the closure of non-essential gatherings effective noon, Monday March 23. Included as part of these closures
Kilsyth junior Adi Tomada has signed with the NBL1 Cobra Men for the 2020 season. Tomada returns to Kilsyth following an ultra-impressive stint in the Big-V with McKinnon, where he led the Cougars to the 2019 state championship and was named to the league’s All-Star Five. The shifty point guard boasted impressive numbers of
Kilsyth junior Bek O’Donnell has re-signed with the NBL1 Cobras for the 2020 season. O’Donnell enjoyed a successful return to the NBL1 in 2019, playing a key role off the bench for the Cobras as they claimed the league’s inaugural championship. The Fosters Phantoms junior returned to Kilsyth following a three-year hiatus, with her