“The Southern Challenge” is an annual Wheelchair Basketball competition hosted by Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association. This event plays an important role in the development of wheelchair basketball players, coaches, referees, team managers, scorebench officials, volunteer drivers and event administrators.
This year the Southern Challenge is open to players across Australia without restrictions on place of residence. Players from social grade through to A grade can participate in the event.
Date: 23rd and 24th September 2023
Venue: Hibiscus Sports Complex, 90 Klumpp Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122
Competition Grades and Rules
Each team will play in a round robin style competition, it is anticipated that teams will play approximately 6 games plus Finals. Please note this may be subject to change pending the total number of teams registered for the tournament.
Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 1 point for a loss, and 0 points for a forteit and placed on a tournament ladder. At the conclusion of the competition, based on the ladder results team ranked #1 will play team ranked #2 to determine the Champion and Runner up teams. Teams ranked #3 will play the team ranked #4 to determine overall third and forth placed team.
Note: Should the tournament be low in team registration numbers, A grade and social grade may be combined to ensure the viability of the tournment.
|Regional representative teams||New and developing players who play at a social sport level|
|Game time||4 x 10 min quarters||4 x 10 min quarters|
|Stop Clock||Finals only||No|
|Fouls||5 per player||5 per player|
|Timeouts||One per quarter||One per quarter|
|Classification||16 points* (This restriction has may be subject to change)||No Limit|
|Deductions||No limits. Able-bodied players classed as a 4.5||Nil|
|Able-bodied Players||No limits. Able-bodied players classed as a 4.5||No Limit|
|Shot Clock||Grand Final only||No|
* May be subject to change depending on entries
**Classification will not be offered at this event
Please note the Technical Committee reserves the right to move players and/or teams based on their playing experience in order to ensure each grade of competition is fair and even.
All Registrations to be completed online.
Registrations close: Midnight Friday 4th August 2023
Registration Fees $140 a player.
Athletes enrolled and participating in a Sporting Wheelies Wheelchair Basketball Social Sport Program $100 per player.
Athletes may register as part of a team or register as an individual. Sporting Wheelies will allocate individual athletes to a team.
Competitors wishing to withdraw may receive a full refund up until close of entries. There will be no refunds after this date. Please note all withdrawals must be in writing.
The event will conclude with a presentation ceremony at approximately 3pm (this may be subject to change pending the number of teams registered and game time required).
Awards being presented include: Champion and Runner-Up teams and Most Valuable Player (MVP) for each grade.
Volunteers and Officials
Volunteers and officials are needed to fill various positions for the event.
If you can help, please let us know.
Meals and Entertainment
Hibiscus stadium snack bar is available for the purchase of meals and drinks during the competition (gluten free and vegetarian options available).
Car Parking and Wheelchair Storage
Athletes, support teams and spectators are able to park in the stadium carpark (click here to open a map).
Players can store their wheelchairs overnight at stadium on Saturday 23rd in the area designated by venue staff. Please ensure wheelchairs are placed neatly in the area (large wheels to the wall). Sporting Wheelies takes no responsibility for damaged, lost or stolen equipment (please remove all valuables).
1300 Medics will provide first aid at this event.
Conditions of Entry
All athletes agree to the terms and conditions as outlines on the registration forms. Athletes must have no outstanding debts to the Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association.
There is no entry fee for spectators. Spectators are welcome to attend the event to support their friends, family, or to watch wheelchair basketballers in action.
Spectators are asked to respect all athletes, volunteers, officials and event staff, failure to do so will result in the offending person/s to being asked to leave the facility.
Sasha Ulasowski | Team Leader Para Sports & Recreation – Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
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Angelo Macaro | Para Sports Development Coordinator – Sporting Wheelies and Disabled Association
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Sporting Wheelies wishes to thank all Sponsors, Athletes, Volunteers, Officials & Referees, without whom the event would not be possible.
Join the Weekly program
You do not have to play Wheelchair Basketball to be involved. You can contribute as a volunteer, coach, team manager, umpire, administrator of the sport or as an enthusiastic supporter.
For more information on volunteer opportunities, please get in touch using the link below.
Calendar of Events
Throughout the year a range of Sports programs and events are held, to view the complete calendar of events please select the link below.