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Sasol AmaWheelaBoys to take on NWU VTC at 5th Sasol-NWU Vaal Senior Basketball tournament

Green vs Gold Series moves to Sasolburg this weekend.

6 September 2018

 Sasolburg, South Africa – The South African national wheelchair basketball team, the Sasol AmaWheelaBoys, will play an exhibition match against NWU Vaal Triangle Campus (VTC) on Saturday, 15 September 2018 at the Harry Gwala Multipurpose Sport Complex in Zamdela. The game will start at 14:30.

This match will be the highlight of the 5th annual Sasol-NWU Vaal Senior Basketball tournament to take place from 14 to 16 September 2018. Play will start at 16:00 on Friday afternoon, with the semis and finals being played on the Sunday.

Ladies’ and men’s teams from all over South Africa are expected to battle it out for the top three positions. Apart from the coveted champion trophies, the winning teams take home gold medals and R10 000. Silver medalists receive R5 000 and the bronze medalists, R2 500.

Action will continue after the exhibition match, with the Green vs Gold match taking centre court at 15:00. The Green vs Gold series serves as preparation for the AmaWheelaBoys ahead of the African qualifiers, and subsequently for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics.

“At Sasol we pursue sponsorships that enhance our brand, inspire creativity and innovation, and create unique opportunities to build stakeholder relationships. We are proud to support sporting initiatives like the Sasol NWU Vaal Senior Basketball Tournament,” said Zimbini Zwane, Sasol’s Sasolburg Operations acting Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

Sasol Powers Amawheelaboys and Amawheelagirls to #AWCQ2017

Team South Africa all set for #AWCQ2017

Team South Africa's Sasol  Amawheelaboys and Amawheelagirls were given a fantastic send off in Johannesburg last night, as proud sponsors Sasol handed over both teams playing and off court clothing ahead of their efforts to qualify for the 2018 IWBF World Championships for Men and Women in Germany in August.

Both teams traveled down from Johannesburg to Durban today after having spent the past 5 days in camp, preparing for the 2017 IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers, which take place at the Tongaat Inddor Sports Center in Tongaat, just north of Durban from 18 to 25 November.

The Amawheelaboys open their campaign, with a very difficult encounter with one of the pre-tournament favorites, Morocco, in Tournaments ceremonial opening match on Saturday 18 November at 18h00. whilst the Amawheelagirls will take on Zimbabwe on Sunday 19 November at 13h00 in their opening match.

For all the action stay tuned to #awcq2017



North West Province Dominate the 2017 Vodacom Challenge

2017 Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge

North West Province, continued their domination of Wheelchair Basketball in South Africa, by winning noth the Senior Men and Senior Women’s Titles at the 2017 Vodacom Challenge, in the process securing R150 000.00 prize money, which will go a long way to aid the province in their development program

WBSA are extremely grateful to  Vodacom for making this day amazing and their continuous support of developing wheelchair basketball in South Africa.

Vodacom Challenge Winners 2017:

U/23 – Gauteng

Women – North West

Men – North West

Vodacom National Women’s Championship 2017

The Dee Oliver Cup 2017

09 August 2017, WBSA  Celebrated the Spirit of the 8th Dee Oliver Cup on Women’s Day in commemoration of Ms. Dee Olivier who passed away tragically in 2007 on her way to Bloemfontein, whilst representing the Eastern Cape Province at the Vodacom National Women’s Championships. This tournament is in memory of our fallen comrade who was the first Eastern Cape Women player to Captained the first SA Women’s National Team.

Provincial Teams representing the Free State, North West Province, Kwa Zulu Natal, Gauteng,  Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces descended on the Nelson Mandela Bay Region for four days and competed in the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Women’s National Championship for the Dee Oliver Cup, held at the Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre, Motherwell, in Port Elizabeth from the 9th to 12th August 2017.

WBSA Director, and Wheelchair Basketball Eastern Cape Chairman, Mr. Sibongile Fondine reiterated that this was an opportunity as a community to come together and celebrate the spirit, the determination, courage and achievement of Disabled Women in Sport. It is these attributes which made the Dee Oliver Cup remembered for its contribution to women’s excellence.

In conjunction with Vodacom, WBSA, the Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, has undertaken this annual project to promote the growth of basketball amongst women, whilst at the same time, using this tournament to celebrate the overcoming of disability on National Women’s Day. In so doing, we will partner with Basketball SA and other associations so as to build up women’s wheelchair basketball and provide a platform for the National Women’s High Performance program.

Our involvement in wheelchair basketball is not only focusing on building players in terms of performance but it goes beyond that into boosting their morale and most of all, giving them dignity in being recognised rightly amongst sports personalities.

The Vodacom Legacy program with Elsen Schools engages youth into a support structure, assisting in the development of the community and youth. It is a project launched in conjunction with WBSA by Vodacom in 2015, ensuring sustainability in skills development programs.

This Vodacom National Women Championships took place for the first time in 2009 and was won by the SA Invitational side. The tournament was held in Port Elizabeth and it was a great success partnered with the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, sponsored by Vodacom. It is fitting, 9 years later, that the games have returned to its place of origin.

The Dee Oliver Cup also gives the High-Performance Coaching Commission Staff the final opportunity to assess athletes for selection into the national women’s squad who will represent South Africa at the IWBF African World Cup Qualifiers later this year in Durban in November. The country that qualifiers, will represent Africa at the World Cup to be held in Hamburg, Germany in 2018

CEO of Wheelchair Basketball SA, Charles Saunders states, that the Partnership with the Provinces and Vodacom over the past 18 years has established a solid base from grass root to performance enhanced athletes, starting from the Youth U23 Games and extending into the National Women and Men Provincial Championships. It has provided the foundation for not only skills development but National Selection and has elevated out athletes onto the world arenas. Our gratitude and appreciation goes beyond a single thank you as it has benefited so many lives afflicted by disability and we celebrate that this is not just a game, but a way of life.

The two finalists from the Vodacom U23 Youth games, Women and Men SA Championships will be playing in the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge for a Winner takes All coveted cash prize and title champions of South Africa on the 7th of October 2017 in Johannesburg.


Vodacom Blue Bulls swap boots for wheelchairs

The Vodacom Blue Bulls swapped their boots for a set of wheels as the took part in the  Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge Celebrity Exhibition match at Vodacom World in Midrand on Saturday 17 October 2015.
The Light Blues had selected a strong contingent that included towering locks Marvin Orie and Irne Herbst, while the fleet-footed Jamba Ulengo and Travis Ismaiel provided some much-needed skills.

Like rugby wheelchair basketball suits players of all shapes and sizes from the tall Orie to the slightly shorter Labuschagne, whose breakdown skills came in handy during the match.
The players got to experience the rough and tumble sport first-hand which was made harder as they competed against Springbok players Trevor Nyakane and Adriaan Strauss.
SuperSport pundit Xola Ntshinga and Bafana Bafana legend Marks Maponyane  also had an opportunity to show off their skills on the court.
Spectators were entertained by Vodacom Bulls mascot Bulletjie and the Vodacom Bulls Babes ahead of the action-packed day of basketball.
The Celebrity Exhibition match was the curtain-raiser for the Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge Final.
On Friday, North-West Province will take on the Eastern Cape, while Kwa-Zulu Natal will play against Gauteng for a spot in the final. The respective winners will face each other in Saturday’s Vodacom Wheelchair Basketball Challenge final which comes with R100 000 in prize money. Wheelchair basketball is not for the faint at heart, as the players play with reckless abandon and the ball is transitioned  from basket to basket within seconds.

Vodacom is proud to be a sponsor of wheelchair basketball for the past 17 years.

“Vodacom – Power to Possibilities”