25 February, 2021
Hoopsnakes rattle and roll
WHEELCHAIR basketball is an exciting version of basketball that offers a great way to keep fit, develop new skills and meet new friends – and since it’s on wheels its even faster than regular basketball!
The game was originally designed as a rehabilitation and recreation activity for those with a physical disability, in particularly those with a spinal cord injury, but is now enjoyed by people of all abilities.
The Cairns Hoopsnakes wheelchair basketball team meets every Sunday from 9am at the Bendigo Bank Stadium on Aumuller Street, Manunda.
The competition is organised by the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association, and Cairns wheelchair basketball facilitator David Holzheimer said new players, both male and female, were welcome.
“Sporting Wheelies provides a number of opportunities for new players to improve their skill level and fitness, such as training sessions and development camps,” he said.
“If classified, players also have the option to compete in wheelchair basketball at regional, state, national and international level, including at the Paralympics.
“Sporting Wheelies offers Wheelchair Basketball programs in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns for players of all ages and abilities. Programs are also available in Rockhampton and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts.
“All new Association members will receive their first two sessions for free and will have access to a Basketball wheelchair.
“You can also contribute as a volunteer, coach, team manager, umpire, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter!”
Player Adam Howarth said he had been a member since 2008 after being injured in a motorcycle accident in 2006.
“It was a difficult time so it was a big help for me to be able to go and play a sport, and keep fit,” he said.
“Once you’re doing something like this you push yourself harder.”
The Hoopsnakes will head to Townsville on March 20-21 to compete against Townsville, Rockhampton and Mackay in round one of the ‘Northern Challenge’ competition. Two rounds are held each year.
Mr Holzheimer said sponsors were being sought to help the team cover travel and accommodation costs.
For more information visit www.sportingwheelies.org.au or the “Cairns Hoopsnakes” Facebook page.