Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair basketball is an exciting version of basketball that offers a great way to keep fit, develop new skills and meet new friends.

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. 

Download our SWI-002-Wheelchair-Basketball-Factsheet-13.2.18.pdf for more details.

Local programs

Players of all ages and abilities can play wheelchair basketball at local programs in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. Check the SWI-002-Wheelchair-Basketball-Factsheet-13.2.18.pdf for times, dates and locations.


Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association provides a number of development opportunities for new players to improve their skill level and fitness. Local development opportunities may include training sessions, development camps and representative squads.

The Queensland junior squad, the Rolling Thunder, supports promising young players to progress to elite competition level.

Competition opportunities and pathways

Players can compete in wheelchair basketball at regional, state, national and international level, including at the Paralympics.

Queensland pathways for wheelchair basketball


Players have to be classified to compete nationally and internationally.


Queensland Wheelchair Basketball Championships - The CLASSICS 8-10 June 2018.pdf

Our state representative teams are:

Queensland Spinning Bullets (National Wheelchair Basketball League)

Queensland Comets (Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League)

Queensland Rolling Thunder (Junior state squad – male U23, female U25)


Basketball wheelchairs are designed specifically for the sport, and prices for new customised chairs start at around $3,000. We provide some wheelchairs at local programs for new players. 

Other roles

You don’t have to play wheelchair basketball to be involved.  You can make a contribution as a volunteer, coach, team manager, official, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter. For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at the Brisbane office or email.

Working with mainstream sport

We are proud to be working with Basketball Queensland and Basketball Australia to develop more opportunities for people with a disability to participate in basketball as players, coaches, officials, administrators and volunteers.

Check our calendar for upcoming events.

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