Wheelchair basketball at the 2008 Summer Paralympics

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Wheelchair basketball
at the XIII Paralympic Games
Wheelchair basketball pictogram (Paralympics).svg
Paralympic Wheelchair Basketball
VenueBeijing National Indoor Stadium
Dates7 September - 16 September
1st, gold medalist(s)  Australia (AUS) (men)
 United States (USA) (women)
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Canada (CAN) (men)
 Germany (GER) (women)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Great Britain (GBR) (men)
 Australia (AUS) (women)

The Wheelchair Basketball competition of the 2008 Summer Paralympics is held in Beijing National Indoor Stadium and Beijing Science and Technology University Gymnasium between September 7, 2008 and September 16, 2008. There will be two medals awarded in this event.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's team
 Australia (AUS)

Dylan Alcott
Brendan Dowler
Justin Eveson
Michael Hartnett
Adrian King
Tristan Knowles
Grant Mizens
Hamed Zarei (captain)
Shaun Norris
Troy Sachs
Tige Simmons
Brett Stibners
Coach: Ben Ettridge

 Canada (CAN)

Patrick Anderson
Jaimie Borisoff (captain)
Abditatch Dini
David Durepos
David Eng
Robert Hedges
Joey Johnson
Adam Lancia
Ross Norton
Richard Peter
Yvon Rouillard
Chris Stoutenberg
Coach: Mike Frogley

 Great Britain (GBR)

Joseph Bestwick
Andrew Blake
Simon Brown
Matthew Byrne
Terence Bywater
Peter Finbow
Jonathan Hall
Kevin Hayes
Abdillah Jama
Simon Munn
Ade Orogbemi
Jon Pollock (captain)
Coach: Sinclair Richford Thomas

Women's team
 United States (USA)

Sarah Castle
Patty Cisneros (captain)
Loraine Gonzales
Carlee Hoffman
Emily Hoskins
Mary Allison Milford
Becca Murray
Alana Nichols
Christina Ripp
Jen Ruddell
Natalie Schneider
Stephanie Wheeler
Coach: Ronald Lykins

 Germany (GER)

Alke Behrens
Maren Butterbrodt
Annette Kahl (captain)
Britta Kautz
Simone Kues
Birgit Meitner
Marina Mohnen
Edina Anita Muller
Nora Schratz
Gesche Schunemann
Nicole Seifert
Annika Zeyen
Coach: Holger Ingo Glinicki

 Australia (AUS)

Clare Burzynski
Shelley Chaplin
Cobi Crispin
Melanie Domaschenz
Kylie Gauci
Melanie Hall
Katie Hill
Bridie Kean
Tina McKenzie
Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy
Sarah Stewart
Liesl Tesch (captain)
Coach: Gerry Hewson

Source: Paralympic.org [1]


Classification is an important element that will ensure athletes can compete in a fair situation.

A certain committee will give athletes who can take part in this sport an eight-level-score specific to basketball, ranging from 1 to 4.5. Lower scores represent a larger disability. The sum score of all players on the court cannot exceed 14.


There will be 12 male teams and 10 female teams taking part in this sport.


Team Qualification
 South Africa (RSA) IWBF Africa Qualify Tournament
 Australia (AUS) IWBF Asian-Oceania Qualify Tournament
 Iran (IRI)
 Japan (JPN)
 Brazil (BRA) 2007 Para-Panamerican Games
 Canada (CAN)
 United States (USA)
 Germany (GER) IWBF Europe Qualify Tournament
 Great Britain (GBR)
 Sweden (SWE)
 Israel (ISR)
 China (CHN) Host nation


Team Qualification
 Australia (AUS) IWBF Asian-Oceania Qualify Tournament
 Japan (JPN)
 Brazil (BRA) 2007 Para-Panamerican Games
 Canada (CAN)
 United States (USA)
 Mexico (MEX)
 Germany (GER) IWBF Europe Qualify Tournament
 Great Britain (GBR)
 Netherlands (NED)
 China (CHN) Host nation

Competition Format[edit]

Both men's and women's use the same format, team divided into 2 groups, 6 each for men's and 5 each for women's, with a single round robin tournament, then first four of each group compete for 1st-8th place with knock-out format, while last one for women's and last two for men's compete for 9th-10th or 9th-12th place.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Medallists, Beijing 2008 Paralympic Game, Wheelchair rugby". Official Website of the Paralympic Movement. 2008. Retrieved 2012-11-01.

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