Wheelchair Basketball South Africa

With the unbelievable growth and interest shown in wheelchair basketball, the time had come to form a Section 21 company and establish an identity and brand for Wheelchair Basketball in South Africa. WBSA was registered early in 2005 and operates from the offices at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre.

WBSA is affiliated to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation and works closely with its former controlling body SASAPD to administer, develop and provide competition for players throughout the country.

The Superseries is the highlight of the WBSA calendar with the competition having just completed its 9th year. The Superseries attracts club sides from around South Africa and over the years different competition formats have been employed thus allowing for maximum participation by the qualifying teams. 2005 ended in a showcase series of three strongly contested finals between the Namitech Bladerunners and the Discovery Eagles. In the end, it was the Eagles who prevailed 74 - 71 to win the coveted trophy for the first time in 9 attempts. The Bladerunners have won the trophy 3 times and filled the runner–up slot twice.

After the live televised final which was attended and enjoyed by Deputy Minister of Sport Gert Oosthuizen and a full house of supporters baying for victory, a national team was announced to undertake a short tour of Italy in October to prepare for the Afro Arab “Vodacom Challenge” Gold Cup Qualifiers to be played at the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Centre from 18 to 28 November 2005. Teams from Kenya, Morocco, Kuwait and Iraq together with South Africa will contest the qualifiers which are sponsored by Vodacom and supporting sponsor Southern Sun.

Heartiest congratulations to: Dicovery Eagles - Marcus Retief, Leon Fleiser, Buntu Manyana, Nick Taylor, Thandile Zonke, Willie Mulder, David Curle, Namitech Bladerunners - Richard Nortjie, Marius Papenfus, Visa Wings - Jeremy Nel, Justin Govender, Transwerk Saints - Ralph Williams on their selection to the SA Side.

Wheelchair basketball is at its highest level in South Africa and the mission is to qualify and participate at the Paralympic Games in Beijing 2008.

For further enquiries contact General Manager – Charles Saunders – 011 6167576.

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