After coming within a whisker of selection for the 2008 Australian Paralympic Team, wheelchair basketballer Bill Latham was over the moon to qualify for London 2012.

Seen as the heir apparent to Rollers big man and captain Brad Ness, Bill contributed a sizeable 27 points in London, where the team enjoyed an unbeaten run to the final to finish second behind long-time adversary Canada.

In the four years between Beijing and London, Bill was also a part of the team to win gold at the 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Birmingham, England, where the Rollers beat France 79-69 in a thrilling finals showdown that rates among the highlights of his career.

Shockingly, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games they were eliminated from gold medal contention in a 23-point loss to Great Britain in the quarter finals.

Bill became an amputee when he was run over by a tractor …

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Date of birth
29 October 1989
Sport
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

London 2012, Rio 2016

Impairment
Physical Impairment – Left through knee limb loss
How acquired
Farming accident
Residence
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Occupation
Athlete
Started competing
2000
First competed for Australia
2005
Sport career highlights

Winning silver at the London 2012 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Winning gold at the 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championship in Birmingham, England

Heroes/role models

Koen Jansens

Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 4.0

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