Brad Ness

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Brad Ness
Personal information
Full name Bradley John Ness
Nationality  Australia
Born (1974-11-24) November 24, 1974 (age 39)
Perth, Western Australia
Education Aquinas College, Perth
Sport
College team University of Texas

Bradley ("Brad") John Ness, OAM[1] (born 24 November 1974) is an Australian wheelchair basketballer.

Personal[edit]

We were preparing to leave the pier when the skipper thought he heard me calling "all clear", but the rope I was attending was still attached to the quayside. When the ferry moved out, the rope tightened and sliced off my right ankle as neatly as a chef chopping through a carrot.

Brad Ness[2]

Brad Ness was born on 24 November 1974,[3] and is from the Western Australian country town of Wagin.[4] On 19 December 1992,[5] at the age of 18, he lost his leg in a boating accident aboard a high-speed ferry between Rottnest Island and Fremantle. He was working on the ferry as a deckhand at the time.[2] He was back to working on boats again within six months of his accident, and received his licensed mariner's licence.[5] As a youth he competed in several sports including Australian rules football, tennis, swimming, and hurdling,[2] and was good enough at football that he considered a professional career in the sport.[5] He is married and lives in Italy.[2]

In February 2013, thieves broke into his house and stole his Paralympic medals by blasting his safe out of its wall.[6][7] During a ceremony at the Perth parliament house on 9 July 2013, he was given replacement medals by the Australian Paralympic Committee, a first for the organisation.[7]

Basketball[edit]

Brad Ness (on floor) and Jannik Blair (No.10) of Australia. Great Britain vs Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team at Gliders & Rollers World Challenge on 21 July 2012.

Ness is classified as a 4.5 player and plays centre.[3] He first started playing wheelchair basketball in 1996 after having seen the game played on television.[2] His ability to play wheelchair basketball has been supported by the Western Australian Institute of Sport Individual Athlete Support Program,[8][9] and he currently plays basketball full time as a professional.[2]

National team[edit]

Ness first made the national team in 1999.[2]

Paralympics[edit]

As a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team, Ness competed at the 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Paralympic Games, winning a gold medal in 2008 and silver medals in 2004 and 2012.[10] He captained the team at the 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.[2][3]

Other national team competitions[edit]

In 2001, Ness competed at the AOZ World Cup, where his team came in first, and he was named as part of the All-Star Five.[3] He was part of Australia's 2003 Kitakyushu Champions Cup championship team, as well as the 2004 Asia Oceania Cup champion team.[11] In 2004, he was a member of the national team that came in first place at the Roosevelt Cup. He was also part of the AOZ Paralympic qualifying tournament team that finished first. He was named a member of the AOZ All-Star Five at the tournament.[3] In 2005, he was part of the squad that competed at the Paralympic World Cup that won a silver medal.[3] In 2006, he was named the captain of the Australian team, and was part of the Paralympic World Cup team that won a silver medal. That year, he was also part of the squad that won a bronze medal at the World Championships.[3] In 2008, he was part of the team that took Gold at the Beijing Paralympics.[3] He was on the team that competed the Rollers World Challenge held in August 2009,[3] where he scored 17 points in the match against Japan.[12] He was part of the team that competed at IBWF AOZ Oceania Championship 2009 and won gold.[3] At the Oceania championships, he scored 9 points and had 10 rebounds in the final match against Japan.[8] He was past of the Australian team at the 2010 IWBF World Championships held in Birmingham, England, that won a gold medal,[3] the team that competed at the Wheelchair Tri Series 2011,[3] and the gold medal-winning Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team that competed at the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.[13][14][15]

Club basketball[edit]

In 2000, Ness played for the Dandenong Rangers, and helped the team win the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) Championships.[3] In 2001, he was named as part of the NWBL's All-Star Five.[3] In 2002, he played for the Perth Wheelcats and helped that team win the NWBL Championships.[3] In 2006, he was named the NWBL Most Valuable Player.[3] That year, he was also playing club basketball in Italy.[5] He was part of the 2007 Perth Wheelcats that won the NWBL Championship and the World Club Championship.[3]As of 2011, he plays his club basketball in Italy for a Series A team,[2] and the Perth Wheelcats.[3] His Perth Wheelcats lost to the Wollongong Roller Hawks in the 2011 NWBL Championship.[16]

University basketball[edit]

He played university basketball at University of Texas in Arlington, Texas, where he competed as a scholarship holder.[2][5]

Outreach[edit]

He is involved with helping young disabled children play basketball, and helped set up two teams for them in Cantu and Rome.[2]

Recognition[edit]

He won the Western Australian Wheelchair Sports Star-of-the-year award with Justin Eveson in 2003.[17] In 2007, he was awarded the Sandy Blythe Medal for International Wheelchair Basketball Player of the Year.[3] In 2009, he received the Medal of the Order of Australia "For service to sport as a gold medallist at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ness, Bradley John". It's an Honour. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Brad Ness". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s "Brad Ness". Basketball Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ "Brad Ness" (PDF). The Official Magazine of Limbs 4 Life: amplified (Summer 2009 ed.) 13. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Accident gives an Aussie farm boy a sporting life in Italy". The Telegraph (London, England). 5 May 2006. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Safe Blown Up – Gold Medal Stolen". 6PR. 27 February 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Paralympian Brad Ness given replacement medals after originals stolen". ABC News. 9 July 2013. Retrieved 9 July 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "WAIS Wheelchair Basketball Athletes Gain Gold". Western Australia Institute of Sport. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  9. ^ "Individual Athlete Support Program". Western Australia Institute of Sport. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  10. ^ brad ness's profile on paralympic.org
  11. ^ AAP. "Rollers roll over Japan". Sydney, Australia: The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  12. ^ "Basketball Australia : 2010 WC Team". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Newsletter 2010 July 2010". Australian Athletes With a Disability. July 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  14. ^ "Rollers Int History". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  15. ^ "Wollongong Roller Hawks claim 2011 NWBL Title". Basketball Australia. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "About Us". Wheelchair Sports WA. Retrieved 6 November 2011.