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 NBL1 Cobra Men have swept their Round 11 weekend double, dominating the Ringwood Hawks at home on Saturday night before upsetting the league leading Frankston Blues on the road on Sunday. Recording a stunning come-from-behind victory over the Hawks eight days prior, the Cobras led for all but a minute on Saturday
The NBL1 Cobras have continued their midseason surge, recording a thrilling one point home win over Ringwood on Saturday before taking down league leaders Frankston on the road on Sunday. Bree Whatman’s layup with three seconds remaining gave the Cobras a nail-biting 66-65 win at home over the Hawks on Saturday, reversing their loss
The NBL1 Cobras will be rocking special edition, Indigenous artwork inspired jerseys this Saturday when they play host to the Ringwood Hawks to highlight the NBL1’s Indigenous Round. NBL1 tickets on sale now The NBL1 celebrates Indigenous Round this week to recognise the important role played by Indigenous Australians in the national basketball