Kilsyth Basketball is thrilled to announce that former ‘Home Grown’ SEABL and VBL player Josh Allison has been named to the Australian men’s wheelchair team, the Australian Rollers.

 

Josh suffered a freak accident at his home in October 2011, leaving him a paraplegic and seemingly ending his basketball career.  However, in the two and a half years since his accident, Josh has not only been able to regain his independence, but also make the phenomenal transformation into one of the nations elite wheelchair players. While Josh’s achievement is truly remarkable, it comes as no surprise to those familiar with the Kilsyth junior. Josh can be found constantly working on his game and conditioning at the Kilsyth Sports Centre, displaying a work ethic and drive that few can rival.

 

Prior to his accident, Josh was a member of the Cobras VBL (now Big V) men’s team from 2004-2006, and the SEABL men from 2006-2007. He played his junior basketball for the Cobras and Fosters Phantoms. Now, Josh will join the Rollers after just 1½ years of wheelchair basketball experience, and will travel with the team to Europe next week for a 12-day tournament and training camp. If all goes to plan, Josh could find himself competing in the IWBF Men’s Wheelchair Basketball Championships in July, which take place in South Korea.

 

From a local wheelchair league to a potential World Championship berth in just 1½ years, Josh has shown he is a force to be reckoned with for years to come. We wish Josh well for his European tour and congratulate him on becoming the latest Cobra to represent Australia!

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