Just 10 days after he was selected for Australia’s senior indoor hockey team, Brett ‘Sticky’ Stibners was involved in a head-on collision, having fallen asleep at the wheel of his car. Lucky to be alive, he broke nearly every bone from the waist down and had to have his right leg amputated at the knee.
The then 21-year-old spent four months in hospital and, unable to return to work or hockey, he developed anxiety and depression.
However, being introduced to wheelchair basketball in 2003 gave Brett a new lease on life and in 2008 he made his Paralympic debut. Defeating long-time adversary Canada, his dream of Paralympic gold came true, a moment he and teammate Troy Sachs were confident would happen ahead of the Games when officials were practicing the flag-raising ceremony and the Australian national anthem played in the background.
Instrumental in the team’s impressive 2010 IWBF World Wheelchair …Read More