Wheelchair Basketball - Team Australia

Team Australia Men's Results

Opponent Event Date Result
South Africa Aug 30 W - 93-39
Turkey Aug 31 W - 71-64
Spain Sept 1 W - 75-59
USA Sept 2 W - 65-49
Italy Sept 3 W - 68-48
Poland - Qtr Final Sept 5 W - 76-53
USA - Semi Final Sept 6 W - 72-63
Canada - Gold Medal Match Sept 8 L - 58-64 - SILVER!

Team Australia Women's Results

Opponent Event Date Result
Brazil Aug 30 W - 52-50
Great Britain Aug 31 W - 51-24
Canada Sept 1 L - 50-57
Netherlands Sept 2 W - 58-49
Mexico - Qtr Final Sept 4 W - 62-37
USA - Semi Final Sept 6 W - 40-39
Germany - Gold Medal Sept 7 L - 44-58 - SILVER!

Bridie Kean

Bridie KeanBridie first represented Australia at the IWBF qualification tournament in 2007. She considers her debut for the Gliders her proudest moment.

Just one year later, Bridie competed in her first Paralympic Games in Beijing. The Gliders won a bronze medal, beating Japan 53-47. Although the team was aiming for gold, Bridie feels the team did a fantastic job. “We worked together as a team really well and our medal is a credit to a lot of hard work and dedication.”

Since Beijing, Bridie has proven a valuable asset in Australia’s consecutive triumphs at the Osaka Cups in 2009 and 2011. She was also part of the Gliders’ 2010 World Championships team, finishing fourth and the gold medal winning team at the 2011 Asia Oceania Regional Championships. Read complete bio at http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/bridie-kean

Dylan Alcott

Dylan AlcottDylan achieved the rare feat [Paralympic Gold Medal] when the then 19-year-old was part of the Australian wheelchair basketball team which secured the 2010 World Championship after famously winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing.

As the youngest member of the Rollers, it was almost hard to believe that his peak still seemingly lies ahead. The London 2012 Paralympic Games are now firmly in his sights.

Having only started playing basketball in 2003, Dylan first represented Australia at the 2006 Junior Nationals, where he was named the most valuable player. He believes the Beijing Games were the best experience of his life and feels lucky and privileged as a 17-year-old to be part of a world beating basketball team. Read complete bio at http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/dylan-alcott

Grant Mizens

Grant MizensOnly two years after his accident, Grant began competing in wheelchair basketball. In 1999, he accepted a scholarship to the University of Illinois in the USA where he spent the next five years studying economics and representing the university in wheelchair basketball. He first represented his country at the 2001 Gold Cup Qualifiers in Japan.

Since then, he has continued to play for the team he loves. Already having tasted success in Athens with a silver medal, Grant and the team pushed themselves further to win gold at the Beijing Games. He believes the Rollers played well and showcased their talent, both as individuals and as a team. Singing the national anthem with a gold medal around his neck was the greatest sporting moment of Grant’s life and one he will carry with him forever.

Grant enters the London Games as one of the Rollers’ most experienced players and is expected to be an important influence come the business end of the tournament. He was part of the Rollers side that has swept all before them, winning gold at the 2010 World Championships, 2009 Asia-Oceania Championships and the 2009 Paralympic World Cup. Read complete bio at http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/grant-mizens

Shelley Chaplin

Shelly ChaplinShelley Chaplin is one of the stars of the Australian team and will be integral to the Gliders’ efforts to snare an elusive gold medal. Having played extensively both in America and Australia, Shelley has an impressive resume in the sport.

In 2005, Shelley moved from her hometown of Bendigo to the USA to study and play basketball for the University of Illinois. The same year, she made her debut for the national team, at the Roosevelt Cup in the US. In 2010, Shelley was back in Illinois, completing a Bachelor’s degree of Health Sciences in Recreation, Sports and Tourism.

Shelley was one of the youngest members of the Gliders team at the Athens 2004 Games, and she describes winning the silver medal there as the biggest thing she has achieved. Four years later and with a bit more experience, Shelley won a bronze medal after defeating Japan at the Beijing Paralympics. Although she and the team were disappointed not to make it to the final match, she believes the team played exceptionally well throughout the tournament. She now has her eye on the one Paralympic medal that she is yet to pocket. Read complete bio at http://www.paralympic.org.au/team/shelley-chaplin