Eithen Leard, Mia Leard and Mason Ollerenshaw look forward to the ‘come and try’ day.
Eithen Leard, Mia Leard and Mason Ollerenshaw look forward to the ‘come and try’ day. Rob Williams

All part of the action

IF YOU have ever watched the basketball during the Paralympics and thought, "wow, that looks fun", then here is your chance to find out.

Ipswich Basketball, together with Sporting Wheelies and the Ipswich Sports House, will be holding a Come and Try Day for wheelchair basketball on Saturday June 30, at Ipswich Basketball Stadium.

It is hoped the initiative will be the first step to establishing a permanent wheelchair basketball program in Ipswich for both disabled and able-bodied athletes to enjoy.

Participants will get the chance to try out the equipment, talk to coaches and athletes, and enjoy a demonstration match between the Toowoomba Bushrangers and the Wicked Mavericks afterwards.

Ipswich Sports House officer Robyn Stephensen said she hoped the day would lead to more positive activity options for disabled people in Ipswich.

"There are not a lot of disability sport options in our city at the moment," Ms Stephensen said.

"If we get enough interest out of this event we will build up to a weekly program."

Tom Kyle, the head coach of the RSL Queensland Spinning Bullets and assistant coach of the Australian Rollers Team, will be on hand to give advice and coaching tips.

Queensland under 23 representative Mason Ollerenshaw may only have three years experience under his belt, but he has big plans for the future.

The 16-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has just returned from Western Australia, where he competed with some of Australia's best young players and he is setting his sights even higher.

"I'd love to go to the Paralympics," he said.

"Either in basketball or running."



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