During the 2019 IWBF U25 Womens Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Suphanburi, Thailand, an invitation by USA Coach Trooper Johnson for the Amawheelagirls to join Team USA practise session for a scrimmage, has led to fantastic relationship being forged between Wheelchair Basketball South Africa and the National Wheelchair Basketball Association (USA).
Further discussions between NWBA CEO Mr Will Waller and WBSA’s Gerry Smith in line with the WBSA Boards vision resulted in a plan for the two countries to work together and develop the game in South Africa, whilst at the same time the NWBA wanted to learn more about how WBSA conducts its Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series .
These discussions were held in May and the two organisations immediately began working on the plan. The first stage of the collaboration saw USA Senior Women’s Coach, Trooper Johnson and CEO Will Waller travel to South Africa to conduct some National Coaching Programs for our National Level 1 and Level 2 coaches.
Coach Johnson also travelled to Kwa Mashu in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg where he conducted development clinics for youth teams in those regions.
” I am blown away with the amount of work that WBSA does here in South Africa. Your Top Tier League and the attention you give to marketing the sport to the African Continent, with your partnership with Supersport is incredible, and is something we are working on in the USA.” is what Coach Johnson had to say.
The culmination of the week long visit saw the two gentlemen enjoying an incredible atmosphere at the 2019 Supersport Wheelchair Basketball Series Final. before Sun International graciously hosted them for a couple of nights at Sun City.
As part of the collaboration between the two organisations there are plans for:
Player and Coaching Exchanges
Coaching Development Programs and Camps
4 Nations International Tournament in the USA
We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the NWBA and USA Wheelchair Basketball.