Brad Ness

Name: Brad Ness


Disability: Physical Impairment – Right below knee limb loss – Acquired in boating accident


Sport: Wheelchair Basketball


Age: 41


Paralympic Experience: Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012.


Dates Competing:


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


Bio Information:


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.


Social Media Links:


Website -

Twitter - @BradNess15