Story: Basketball

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair basketball

Rosie Macleod from Wellington's Spoke Benders catches the ball in a game against the Canterbury Roller Rams at a 2009 wheelchair basketball tournament in Nelson. To be eligible to play wheelchair basketball, a person must have a measure of permanent disability in their lower limbs which prevents them from running, jumping or pivoting like an able-bodied player. Players' level of function is rated on a points system, from 1 to 4.5. A team cannot exceed a total of 14 points for the five on-court players. This means every player has an important role in the team.

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John Saker, 'Basketball - Game and structure', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 October 2021)

Story by John Saker, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Oct 2015