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Lumbar sacral agenesis (missing lower part of spine)
Date of Birth
Rooty Hill, NSW
First Competed for Australia
Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012
Her family and wheelchair basketball coach Gerry Hewson
Winning the bronze and silver medals at the last two Paralympics; being named in the women's All Star Five at the 2006 World Championships
Watching the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games
It was the Sydney 2000 Paralympics that set Kylie Gauci on her way to the top. She attended every day of the Games and was a spectator at Gliders matches. Kylie was so inspired by the squad’s performance against the world giants of women’s wheelchair basketball, Canada and the USA that she decided she wanted to play in international competition.
Kylie was attracted to wheelchair basketball at an early age – she loved the contact element of the sport as well as the many finer skills required at the elite end of the sport.
With more than a decade in the sport at the professional level, she is a prominent name in the NWNBL with the Stacks Goudkamp Bears and was last year named MVP of the season and the 2.0 player in the All Star Five. She also plays in the men’s national league for the Sydney Uni Wheelkings.
After debuting for Australia in 2002 and winning a bronze medal at the World Championships, two years later she went one better with silver at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Eager to improve on this, the team entered the Beijing Games with dreams of gold. Unfortunately, the might of the USA proved too great and the girls left with a bronze medal.
However, it did little to dampen Kylie’s enthusiasm on the march towards London 2012. She was part of the Australian team that won gold at the 2009 Osaka Cup and also took part in the 2010 World Championships. In 2011, Kylie was integral to the team’s gold medal success at the Asia Oceania Regional Championships and was the third highest scorer during the team’s London Paralympic campaign that resulted in a silver medal.
Kylie is one of the fittest and most dedicated members of the Australian squad. Her attitude and experience promises to be crucial in the team’s attempt to one day take out gold.
Sport & Disciplines
Sport: Wheelchair Basketball