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About Wheelchair Basketball South Africa

Wheelchair Basketball was developed during the 2nd World War as a rehabilitation program for disabled USA war veterans in hope that it incorporated not only a means for recovery through sport, but most importantly, social integration into society. The UK, Israel and the Netherlands soon followed suit and the first “World Games’ was held at the home of basketball, Stoke Mandeville, England in 1955. Wheelchair Basketball now celebrates its 60th year of world competition.

Established as a Federation in 1970 by members of Wheelchair Basketball Mandeville, Rand Afrikaans University and Pumas Defence Force Clubs, it evolved into a Sporting code represented under the SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled.

In 2004, WBSA aligned itself with the Governments inclusion policy and formed a Section 21 Company calling itself Wheelchair Basketball SA.

The focus of its Directorship was to reconstruct an organisation with a corporate identity that would enhance investor’s return on capital investment and in so doing, secure funding for its mass participation, social development and capacity building programs for Basketball Athletes with Physical Disability.

Formally recognised as the South African Buccaneers, our National Teams are affectionately known as the Amawheelaboys and Amawheelagirls!

Under the Directorship and former founder members, Shawn & Craig Moorgas, Leon Fleiser and Charles Saunders, the Company decided that its stakeholders would have portfolio and form working Commissions. Through the Board of Trustees, WBSA established working Commissions representing Coaching, Technical, Classification, Players, Schools, Medical and Women & Youth Development.

 

VISION

Our Vision is to develop wheelchair basketball into a business where the return of investment compliments the partnership.

MISSION

Our mission is to achieve excellence through ongoing personal attention and commitment to wheelchair basketball, utilizing tried and tested management methods.

This in turn has successfully insured mass participation in schools and disadvantaged areas and resulted in a feeder program in all regions from grass root level up into its local structures forming a foundation for WBSA’s Junior & Senior Men and Women’s National programs now fully supported by partnerships with Sasol, Vodacom and SuperSport.

 Integrated into our long term goals program, was National & International participation in our U18, U23, U25 and Senior Men & Women categories with focus on developing our Coaching Staff to prepare National Team’s as a competitive unit for the IWBF World Championships, Paralympics and subsequent qualifying competitions.

After WBSA embarked upon forming a Section 21 with NPO (7790767257) status, our emphasis & focus was both to leveraged huge financial support, which enabled the company to drive its domestic & international programs.

Sasol High Performance Program (Internal & External) – Amawheelaboys and Amawheelagirls International Competition.

SuperSport Wheelchair Basketball Series -Franchised Mens Clubs.

Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge – Senior Men & Women and U23 Men Provincial Knock Out.

Terence De Bruyn Cup – National Club Championship for Men.

National Women’s Wheelchair Basketball League – Provincial Women’s Teams.

Provincial Club Championship Leagues – Provincial Clubs

National Provincial Schools Tournament –  U19 Boys and Girls.

National 3 on 3 ActionBall – 3×3 basketball series.

Geographic breakdown

Total athletes registered on WBSA database:                            3876

Total athletes participating in WBSA Competitions:                2480

Active Clubs                                                                                       96

Provincials Participating                                                                 6 of 9

Total Women representation %                                                     12%

Total Black representation%                                                           62%

Total Indian %                                                                                    3%

Total Coloured %                                                                               18%

Total White %                                                                                     17%

% severely disabled                                                                            33%

% CP                                                                                                      2%

% spinal cord injuries                                                                        36%

% polio                                                                                                 57%

% amputees                                                                                         5%

 In conclusion, the objective that WBSA has strived to achieve, has been measured against its ability to render a deliverable service and ensure sponsor confidence.

Not only have we met with capacity building of club & provincial structures but the induction of a national uniformed development program which has allowed us with sound business ethics and with set achievable criteria, to provide a social integrated sports and life skill program for the physically disabled.

In so doing, we

Aligned the sport with Government criteria by moving towards sports specific inclusion process

Have created our own identity but maintained our affiliate repartee through SA Sports Association for the Physically Disabled & Basketball South Africa.

Through the SuperSport Wheelchair Basketball Series, Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge and Sasol High Performance Program; all sponsorship is not only exposed to both National News and Broadcast Media Houses, but ensures involvement in community and social enhancement programs such as the Provincial Club Championship leagues

The induction of Provincial Leagues and National Championships played in conjunction with the SuperSport Series has created a balance in Elite player & coaching programs for the Sasol National Teams and coupled with mass participation inducts WBSA’s philosophy of taking the sport to the people

We are aware of the challenge ahead and have committed to meeting the demanding schedule set and take this opportunity to express humble gratitude to all those that have supported us in the on growing quest as we will strive to meet these challenging frontiers.

Thank you for allowing WBSA to live out its vision through you and provide our athletes with physical disabilities, a better quality of sporting life.