A towering presence in Australian wheelchair basketball, five-time Paralympian Brad Ness is one of few Para-athletes to be able to compete for a living. Prior to becoming a wheelchair basketballer, Brad excelled in able-bodied swimming, tennis, hurdling and Aussie Rules, but a boating accident at 18 as a deckhand aboard a high-speed ferry changed the course of his life forever. “We were preparing to leave the pier when the skipper thought he heard me calling ‘all clear’, but the rope I was attending was still attached to the quayside. When the ferry moved out, the rope tightened and sliced off my right ankle as neatly as a chef chopping through a carrot,” he explains. Not long after, Paralympic legend Bill Mather-Brown began encouraging Brad to give wheelchair basketball a try, after spotting him in the West Australian playing Aussie Rules using a prosthetic leg. Fremantle local Brad debuted for WA… Read More

Quick Facts

Physical Impairment – Right below-knee limb loss
Wheelchair basketball
How acquired
Boating accident
Date of Birth
November 24, 1974
Fremantle, WA
Athlete and restaurateur
Started Competing
First Competed for Australia
Games Experience

Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, Rio 2016


Syd Jackson and Darryl Kickett

Career Highlights

Winning gold at the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing

Greatest Moment

Representing Australia

Sports & Disciplines

  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 4.5