Tristan Knowles lost his leg to cancer as a nine-year-old, and then a lung at 11 due to a recurrence of the illness, and today, his fierce drive and fighting spirit has seen him carve out a successful career in wheelchair basketball both in Australia and abroad.
Desperately searching for an Aussie Rules equivalent, Tristan’s dad contacted the Australian Institute of Sport to learn about the sorts of opportunities available to Tristan in Para-sport. On discovering wheelchair basketball, his ascension in the sport was meteoric.
Making his Paralympic debut in 2004, Tristan and the Rollers won four of their five preliminary matches to qualify for the quarter-finals. Defeating Germany 79-60 and Great Britain 64-52, they met Canada in the gold medal match to ultimately bag silver. At Beijing 2008 the Rollers managed to go one better, overcoming long-time adversary Canada 60-72 to win gold.
Central to the team’s success, Tristan …Read More