Last weekend Kilsyth Basketball was thrilled to host its first ever National Wheelchair Competition games at the Kilsyth Sports Centre.

On Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 the Victorian Men’s Wheelchair Basketball team took on the RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets who both compete in the elite level Men’s Wheelchair Basketball National League.

Those who came to watch enjoyed a fast paced and highly competitive spectacle. Victoria had the backing of a great home crowd but it wasn’t enough to push them over the line, with Queensland walking away the victor in both games.

To add to the weekend’s events the Australian Paralympic Committee in conjunction with Basketball Victoria ran a skills session for those wishing to improve their wheelchair basketball skills, or try out the sport for the first time. The session had a fantastic turn out with a great cross section of the community in attendance. Attendees were treated to a skills session run by Tom Kyle, Head Coach of the Australian Gliders (Australian Women’s Wheelchair team), David Gould, Assistant Coach of the Australian Gliders, and both Shelley Chaplin and Leanne Del Toso, current Australian Gliders players.

Kilsyth Basketball General Manager Mark Griffiths stated that “the weekend was an overwhelming success, and we look forward to hosting more wheelchair basketball.