Morich lives his hoop dreams
With the Tokyo Paralympics in mind, Ryan Morich is sharpening his skills in the home of big-time wheelchair basketball.
Bright lights, screaming fans and live TV broadcasts — the US college system is the ultimate proving ground for young players.
Morich is in his fourth year of a scholarship at the University of Alabama, where the wheelchair basketball players are eager to get back on the court after finishing third in this year’s national championships.
When he returns to Perth,
Morich plays for the Red Dust
Heelers in the National
Wheelchair Basketball League, a team he co-founded in 2013.
He travels to remote WA communities to empower disabled indigenous Australians through the Wheeling and Healing program.
The 23-year-old lost his leg after he was diagnosed with bone cancer aged 12. He won the Youth Award at the West Australian of the Year Awards in June.
Morich said he loved the thrill of playing in front of thousands of fans in the US, but his ultimate goal was breaking into the Australian Paralympics team.
“I’ve got my sights set on Tokyo 2020 — 100 per cent,” he said.
WA’s Ryan Morich.