Brett Stibners

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Brett Stibners
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Portrait of Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketballer Stibners in 2012
Personal information
Full name Brett Andrew Stibners
Nationality  Australia
Born (1979-06-25) June 25, 1979 (age 35)

Brett Andrew Stibners, OAM[1] (born 25 June 1979) is an Australian wheelchair basketball player who won a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Paralympics and the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship.

Personal[edit]

Stibners was born on 25 June 1979, and is from the Wollongong suburb of Oak Flats.[2] He is a full-time athlete,[2] and is nicknamed Sticky.[2] His left leg was amputated above the knee after a car accident.[2][3] in 2001[4] when the car he was driving collided with a truck.[3][5] Prior to his accident, he worked as an apprentice electrician.[5]

Basketball[edit]

Great Britain vs Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team at Gliders & Rollers World Challenge on 21 July 2012. Aussie 6 Brett Stibners and 9 Tristan Knowles. GB no 10 is Abdi Jama

Stibners is classified as a 4.0 player and is a forward.[6] He first started playing wheelchair basketball in 2003.[2] In 2010, he was the recipient of a A$10,000 grant by WorkCover NSW to enable him to worry less about money and prepare for the 2012 Summer Paralympics.[3] He used the money to cover training and travel expenses, and to maintain his wheelchair.[3] He was at a press appearance announcing funding for Paralympic sport in March 2011. At the event, he played wheelchair basketball with then New South Wales Premiere Kristina Keneally.[4]

National team[edit]

Stibners first represented Australia on the national level in 2006.[2]

Paralympics[edit]

Stibners was part of the gold medal winning Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team [7] at the 2008 Summer Paralympics,[8] for which he received a Medal of the Order of Australia.[1] At the 2012 Summer Paralympics he was part of the Australian men's wheelchair team that won silver.[9]

Other competitions[edit]

In 2003, Stibners was a member of the national squad that competed at the Gold Cup in Amsterdam. This was his first international appearance.[2] In 2007, he was part of the gold medal winning team at the Arafura Games.[6] In 2009, he was part of the national squad that won gold at the Rollers World Challenge and the team that won gold at the Paralympic World Cup held in Manchester, England.[6] He was a member of the Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team that competed at the 2010 Wheelchair Basketball World Championship [10][11] that won a gold medal.[12]

Club basketball[edit]

Stibners started playing club basketball in 2002 for the Wollongong Roller Hawks of Australia's National Wheelchair Basketball League. He is classified as a 4.0 player and plays as a forward.[10] In 2003, he won a league championship with the team.[5] In 2007, he played club basketball in Spain for CD Fundosa Group.[6] In 2010, he was playing club basketball with Wollongong Rollerhawks.[13] As of 2011, he plays his club basketball for the NWBL's Wollongong Roller Hawks. His team beat the Perth Wheelcats in the 2011 NWBL Championship. In the semi-final round, he scored 26 points and had 18 rebounds. In the finals, he had 23 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists.[14]

Hockey[edit]

Stibners named as a member of the Australian national indoor hockey team[2] prior to his 2001 accident.[4][5]

Recognition[edit]

Shellharbour City gave him a key to the city in 2008.[5]

Public speaking[edit]

Stibners has done public speaking. In November 2008, he and Brendan Fowler spoke at the Sydney Business School's annual Town and Gown function.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Stibners, Brett Andrew". It's an Honour. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Brett Stibners". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d "WorkCover scholarships helping Paralympic athletes fulfil their dreams" (PDF). Work Cover New South Wales. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Premier relives schoolgirl glory days on basketball court". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia). 9 March 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Arnold, Alex (19 December 2008). "Talented sportsman given key to Shellharbour". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Brett Stibners". Basketball Australia. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  7. ^ McGarry, Andrew (4 September 2008). "Event guide: Wheelchair basketball". ABC. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Basketball Chronology". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Men's Wheelchair Basketball Results". London 2012 Paralympic Games. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Basketball Australia : 2010 WC Team". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "Newsletter 2010 July 2010". Australian Athletes With a Disability. July 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  12. ^ "Rollers Int History". Basketball Australia. 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "FOUR NSW TEAM REPRESENTATIVES NAMED IN ROLLERS TEAM TO PLAY ENGLAND" (PDF). New South Wales Basketball. 29 June 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  14. ^ "Wollongong Roller Hawks claim 2011 NWBL Title". Basketball Australia. 19 August 2011. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Town and Gown" (PDF). Sydney Business School. 2009. p. 2. Retrieved 6 November 2011.