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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Junior Cobra Josh Duach has verbally committed to attend Iona College for the 2021 NCAA season. A SCYC Scorpions junior domestic representative, Duach has enjoyed a stellar junior career at Kilsyth, flourishing into one of the brightest young stars in the country. A member of the U17 Australian Team, Duach enjoyed a standout 2019
Junior Cobra David Okwera has accepted a scholarship to attend the Basketball Australia Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The 6’10 Okwera heads to the CoE following a standout 2019 at Kilsyth and big start to 2020, helping him rack up a number of accolades and some impressive NCAA Division
We are pleased to announce the appointment of our Junior Cobras 1st team coaches for the 2021 VJBL season. Further coaching positions to be announced once teams are selected. If you would like to be a become a Junior Cobras coach, please email of expression to interest to Mark Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org