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 www.basketball.co.za #awcq2017

 

 

Ghana and Nigeria out of 2017 IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers

Ghana and Nigeria out of 2017 Afro World Qualifiers #awcq2017

The  2017 IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers being held in Durban, South Africa has dealt a blow, with the forced withdrawal of both Ghana and Nigeria at the last minute, due to the lack of support and funding from their respective governments.

The Black Chariots of Ghana and the Rolling Eagles of Nigeria  were in line to qualify for the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) World Wheelchair Basketball Championship to be held in Germany in 2018.

Qualification was always going to be  tough for the two countries in the bid to secure Africa’s sole slot at the World Championship next year with the likes of Algeria, Morocco and South Africa among the early favorites for the tournament. Kenya will now take over the spot vacated by the Black Chariots.

It is now likely that Wheelchair Basketball Ghana and Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball  risks a $10,000 penalty and ban from future IWBF competition’s. #awcq2017 

Tournament Countdown

Draw for the 2017 IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers in Durban concluded

Pools Drawn for the 2017 IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers in Durban

The IWBF Afro World Championship Qualifiers Draw took place at Wheelchair Basketball SA Headquarters, the Vodacom Mandeville Indoor Sports Center recently. Witnessed by Print and Radio media, Soweto TV, Broadcast Giant SuperSport as well as syndicated TV by David Van der Sandt. IWBF Executive Board Member Mr. Craig Moorgas and Auditing Company Valentine Sargent verified the draw on the 14 October 2017.

The opening games will take place on the 18 November 2017 at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre, City of Durban, Kwazulu Natal with the South African Men taking on Morocco in the first game of the tournament, whilst the ladies will take on their neighbors Zimbabwe.

The men’s competition, will consist of 8 countries, playing in two pools, whilst the women’s competition will consist of 5 countries, playing in a round robin format. Countries competing for the one spot to represent the African Zone at the World Cup in Germany Hamburg next year, are;  Algeria, Angola, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The African Qualifiers #AWQ2017 Finals are on the 24 November with history been made with the launch of the first 3×3 ActionBall Knockout Continental Challenge taking place on the 25 November .

Men’s Pool A: South Africa, Morocco, Angola, Zimbabwe

Men’s Pool B: Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria, Kenya

Women’s Pool: South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya

#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

Gauteng North crowned 2017 Vodacom Senior Men’s National Champions

Gauteng North are the 2017 National Champions!

New Zealand Rookie Coach, Sheldon Larsen, led his Gauteng North chargers to an impressive  58 to 31  victory over tournament favorites North West Province at the 47th Vodacom Senior Men’s National Championships recently held at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Center in Durban.

At the end of the tournament the following awards were made:

All Stars 
Gauteng South                   1.5      Allen Mtatase
Eastern Cape                     2.0      Mgcini Mzileni
Gauteng North                  3.5      Thandile Zonke
North West                        4.0      Simanga Mbhele
Most Valuable Player      3.0       Ayabonga Jim

Gold medalists                 Gauteng North
Silver medalists               North West Province
Bronze medalists            Gauteng South
4th place                          Eastern Cape
5th place                          Kwazulu Natal

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.