WA Paralympic Legend Takes on WAIS Coaching Role
Wheelchair Basketball | Published:
Tue 19 December 2017
Western Australian Institute of Sport is pleased to announce that five-time
Paralympian Brad Ness has accepted the position of head coach and will lead the
new WAIS Wheelchair Basketball Program from January 4 next year.
captained the Australian Rollers to a gold medal win at the 2008 Beijing
Paralympic Games and was also instrumental in Australia’s 2010 and 2014 world
championship title winning teams. He will combine his new role at WAIS
alongside his assistant coaching position with the Australian men’s national
team, who earlier this year qualified for the 2018 World Championships in
Wagin raised champion said he was proud to receive the opportunity to lead the
first dedicated Paralympic sports program operated at WAIS, with the Wheelchair
Basketball Program having been officially launched in late November as the
result of a strategic partnership between WAIS and Basketball Australia.
Basketball has given me so much and I’m just really pleased that I’ll have the
opportunity to continue my involvement in the game,” Ness said.
facilities and opportunities afforded at WAIS provide an incredible opportunity
to help create new generations of Western Australian Paralympic talent. And
that’s a calling that I’m particularly passionate about. I can’t wait to get
CEO Steve Lawrence said it was fitting that the inaugural coach of the WAIS
Wheelchair Basketball Program held such a strong reputation in the sport.
you think about wheelchair basketball in this state, Brad’s name in invariably
the first that comes to mind,” Lawrence said.
"We’re excited to see where he can take the athletes in this squad and
he’ll have the support of a network of high performance talent at WAIS to help
make it a reality.”