Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team

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Australia
Australia
IWBF zone Asia Oceania
National federation Basketball Australia
Coach Ben Ettridge
Nickname(s) Rollers
Paralympic Games
Appearances 13
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 1996, 2008
Silver medal with cup.svg Silver: 2004, 2012
World Championships
Appearances 12
Medals Gold medal with cup.svg Gold: 2010 , 2014
Bronze medal with cup.svg Bronze: 2006
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The Australia men's national wheelchair basketball team is the men's wheelchair basketball side that represents Australia in international competitions. The team is known as the Rollers. Australia took the gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games and 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games.

Australia has competed at every men's wheelchair basketball tournament at the Paralympic Games except 1964.[1][2][3] Kevin Coombs was Australia's the first captain of the men's wheelchair basketball team.

Major Tournament Record[edit]

Performance in Paralympic Games[edit]

  • 1964 – did not compete

Performance in World Championships[edit]

  • 1973 -
  • 1975 -
  • 1979 -
  • 1983 -
  • 1986 -
  • 1990 - 6th [5]
  • 1994 -
  • 1998 - 4th
  • 2002 - 4th
  • 2006 - Bronze medal Paralympics.svg Bronze
  • 2010 - Gold medal Paralympics.svg Gold
  • 2014 - Gold medal Paralympics.svg Gold

Past Paralympic Games Rosters[edit]

Australian wheelchair basketballer Orfeo Cecconato takes on a Great Britain defender in the final of the men's wheelchair basketball tournament at the 1996 Atlanta Paralympic Games

1960 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Results included: Israel d Australia 22-5 ; Australia d Belgium 26-0 ; United States d Australia 32-10. Results may be incomplete.[6]


1964 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Australia did not field a team at the 1964 Summer Paralympics.[9]

1968 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 9th among 13 teams.

1972 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 8th among 9 teams.
In the preliminary rounds, Australian results were: United States 85 v Australia 29 ; Israel 101 v Australia 36 ; France 74 v Australia 53 . Australia finished 8th in the tournament.[10]

1976 Summer Paralympics[edit]

'Finished 10th among 21 teams
Australian results: Sweden 79 v Australia 51, Belgium 43 v Australia 30, United States 93 v Australia 34, Australia 57 v Japan 42. Australia did not qualify for the finals.[10]

1980 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 13th among 17 teams

1984 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 11th among 18 teams

1988 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 10th among 17 teams

1992 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 9th among 12 teams

1996 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 1st among 12 teams.
The team beat Great Britain for the Gold Medal with a final score of 78:63.[11][12]

Detailed Results - Wheelchair basketball at the 1996 Summer Paralympics – Men

2000 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 5th among 12 teams

Detailed Results - Wheelchair basketball at the 2000 Summer Paralympics – Men

2004 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 2nd among 12 teams.
The Australian's were beaten by Canada 53:70 in the Gold Medal match.

Detailed Results - Wheelchair basketball at the 2004 Summer Paralympics – Men

2008 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 1st among 12 teams.
The team beat Canada 72:60 in the Final

Detailed Results - Wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Summer Paralympics – Men

2012 Summer Paralympics[edit]

Finished 2nd among 12 teams.
The team was defeated by Canada 58:64 in the Gold Medal match.

Detailed Results - Wheelchair basketball at the 2012 Summer Paralympics – Men

Past World Championships Games Rosters[edit]

2006 World Championships[edit]

Finished 3rd among

2010 World Championships[edit]

Finished 1st

2014 World Championships[edit]

Finished 1st

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Coombs, Basketball Australia
  2. ^ Kevin Coombs, Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
  3. ^ Easy Win In Basketball At Paralympics ., The Age, 21 September 1960, Google News Archive
  4. ^ Sporting resume – David Gould, starwin.com.au
  5. ^ Armand Thiboutot, Philip Craven (1996). The 50th Anniversary of Wheelchair Basketball: A History. Waxmann Verlag. p. 80. ISBN 3830954417. 
  6. ^ a b "Basketball Win to Australia at the Paralympics". Canberra Times. 21 September 1960. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "The Original Wheelchair Basketball team honoured". Australian Basketball Association. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australian paralympic hall of fame". Australian Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Labanowich, Stan; Thiboutot, Armand. "Team Rosters:Paralympic Games (Men) 1960–1980" (PDF). Wheelchairs Can Jump. Retrieved 20 June 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Paralympic Games 1960-1980" (PDF). Wheelchairs can jump : a history of wheelchair basketball. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Event Guide: wheelchair basketball". ABC. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  12. ^ "1996 Atlanta Paralympics Men's Wheelchair Basketball Results". International Paralympic Committee. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Xth Paralympic Games Atlanta U.S.A. August 15-25 1996 : Australia : team handbook. Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 1996. p. 74. 
  14. ^ Media Guide - Athens 2004 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2004. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Results – ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Basketball – Men, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  16. ^ Media Guide - Beijing 2008 (PDF). Sydney: Australian Paralympic Committee. 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  17. ^ Results – Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games – Wheelchair Basketball – Men, International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  18. ^ [1], International Paralympic Committee (IPC)
  19. ^ "Basketball Australia Annual Report 2006" (PDF). Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Rollers World Championship team named". Basketball Australia website. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 
  21. ^ "Rollers claim 2014 IWBF World Championship". Basketball Australia News, 14 July 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014. 

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