For nearly two decades, five-time Paralympian Brad Ness has proven time and again why he is on track to be recognised among the world’s greatest ever wheelchair basketball players.

After a boating accident at 18 severed his right leg below the knee, Brad was encouraged to give wheelchair basketball a go by Bill Mather-Brown, an Australian representative from the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy, in 1960.

Soon after, Brad made his Paralympic debut at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games, where the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, endured a crushing 62-52 defeat in the quarter-finals.

A silver medal at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games followed, before, at long last, Brad captained the Rollers to a 12-point victory over Canada in the gold medal match at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games.

On a ‘Roll’, Brad won his first world title at the 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in …

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Date of birth
24 November 1974
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

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

Physical Impairment – Right below-knee limb loss
How acquired
Boating accident
Fremantle, WA
Coach, restaurateur, business development and partnerships manager
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Winning gold at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games

Greatest sporting moments

Representing Australia

Heroes/role models

Syd Jackson and Darryl Kickett


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