Jessica Cronje was into swimming and athletics before taking up wheelchair basketball. She enjoyed basketball because of its team environment.

Jessica, who has ­cerebral palsy, was a part of the Australian women’s U25s Devils basketball team that won silver at the world championships in China and received a call-up to the Gliders later in 2015 to play at the Osaka Cup, winning bronze.

Basketball was long an interest for Jessica, who keenly watched the Rollers on their way to a silver medal at London 2012. She said qualifying for Tokyo and being selected in the Team was the culmination of “years and years of hard work”.

Jessica says she would like to stay involved in sport when she finishes playing. She hopes also to work for an organisation that helps kids with a disability get involved in sport and have the same opportunities that she had.…

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Date of birth
25 January 1998
Wheelchair basketball
Physical Impairment – Cerebral palsy
How acquired
Menangle, NSW
Transition program at Nova Employment
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Shooting my first basket with the team against Canada in the first game of the Osaka Cup

Greatest sporting moments

Watching the Rollers win in London was a great moment

Heroes/role models

Her mum and Bridie Kean


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 4

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