Name: Brad Ness
Impairment – Right below knee limb loss – Acquired in boating accident
Experience: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
Day 1: Australia vs Netherlands
Day 2: Australia vs Turkey
Day 3: Australia vs Canada
Day 4: Australia vs Spain
Day 5: Australia vs Japan
Day 7: Men’s Quarter-Finals
Day 8: Men’s Semi-Finals
Day 10: Men’s Finals
As a teenager Brad worked as a deckhand aboard the ferry
between Rottnest Island and Fremantle. This job is where he suffered the loss of
his foot and as a result his lower leg, when he was 18 years-old.
Brad was introduced to wheelchair basketball by
Australian wheelchair basketball legend Bill Nathan Brown. Bill persistently
rang Brad’s house, after seeing a photo of him in the West Australian, until Brad
agreed to meet up with him.
Ness has played wheelchair basketball professionally in
Italy and now lives back home in Fremantle, running two Italian restaurants
with his wife, whom he met in Rome.
Brad has captained the Australian Rollers to a number of remarkable
results, including their gold medal in Beijing and silver medal in London, as
well as World Championship wins.
He set up two mini disability basketball teams, for young
people with disabilities, in Cantu and Roma and also works with the Outback Academy
and Red Dust Heelers to promote social inclusion and give opportunities to
Indigenous Australians, with and without disabilities.
Website - http://bradness.com.au/about/
Twitter - @BradNess15