Bree Mellberg was a national junior champion in diving and represented Australia at the FINA world junior diving championships in 2008. After switching to wheelchair basketball, she made her international debut with the Gliders at the Osaka Cup in 2017.

Bree’s move to wheelchair basketball was part of her rehabilitation after she broke her neck in a trampoline accident. She showed promise almost immediately and at the Women’s Festival of Wheelchair Basketball in Sydney in 2015 she won the Emerging Glider award.

At her Paralympic debut at Tokyo 2020, the Gliders finished their campaign in ninth place, winning their final game against Algeria 71-32.

Away from sport, Bree is completing a PhD in Science with a focus on genetics and cell biology.…

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Date of birth
14 April 1990
Wheelchair basketball
Past Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020

Physical Impairment – Spinal cord injury
How acquired
Accident trampolining
Kingsbury, VIC
PhD Candidate
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Playing my first international game of basketball

Greatest sporting moments

The honour of representing Australia in two sports at an international level (Diving and Wheelchair basketball)

Heroes/role models

Danni Di Toro

Favourite quote
Every day, think as you wake up: "Today I am fortunate to have woken up. I am alive, I have a precious human life. I am not going to waste it" - H.H XIV Dalai Lama


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 3.5

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