Spinners are winners
Tournament provides reverse inclusion for love of sport
BASKETBALL fans can start off 2019 with a spin when the Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Tournament takes place at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.
Suncoast Spinners president Bridie Kean has been a wheelchair basketball Paralympian, won gold in the premier grade and is part of the club’s reverse inclusion initiative.
Passionate about increasing opportunities for people with disabilities to engage in sport and physical activity, Ms Kean believes everyone can have a shot at joining in.
“What’s great is that anyone can play,” she said.
“The wheelchair is simply a piece of sporting equipment.”
Now she coaches the Spinners B-grade teams, passing on her experience and mentoring junior players.
“For me, coaching is an amazing experience,” Ms Kean said.
“As a former athlete, it’s so exciting to be a part of. It reminds me of the first time I played basketball and it reminds me of why I fell in love with the game.”
The Aura resident had both feet amputated at age two after she contracted and survived meningococcal disease.
When Ms Kean was in school she wanted to play sports but her physical disability reduced her ability to participate in mainstream activities.
She played stand-up basketball using prosthetics but found it too painful.
“Wheelchair basketball provided an equal playing field,” Ms Kean said.
The event will run from January 11–13.
For more information, visit www.suncoastspinners.com.au/2019-tournament.
SHOOTING HOOPS: Suncoast Spinners president Bridie Kean passes on her tips through coaching the B-grade teams.