Following a serious accident in which she crushed her spinal cord and fractured her skull, Shelley Cronau found herself watching the 2008 Paralympics. It was then that she decided to take up wheelchair basketball, playing her first game in the WNWBL for the Sydney University Flames just two years later.

Shelley earned Rookie of the Year for the league in 2010 before joining the Queensland Comets back in her home state of Queensland. In 2014, she was captain of the team when they won the Championship while also winning a silver medal in the NWBL with the Spinning Bulllets and capping off her spectacular year with the Sporting Wheelie of the Year award.

On a national scale, Shelley made her debut with the Gliders in 2011, winning silver at the Osaka Cup in the same year.

She helped the team qualify for the 2012 Paralympics with a victory at the …

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Date of birth
29 May 1985
Wheelchair basketball
Physical Impairment – Spinal cord injury
How acquired
Ashfield, WA
Started competing
First competed for Australia
Sport career highlights

Getting selected for the World Championships in 2014 and 2018

Greatest sporting moments

Winning the QLD Athlete with a Disability of the Year in 2014 and winning the first European Championship for her club in Spain where she lives with her husband

Favourite quote
Such is life


  • Sport: Wheelchair basketball Classification: 2.5

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