Parapan 101: Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball is an adapted version of basketball for athletes with impairments which require the use of a wheelchair. It was first played as part of the 1953 Stoke-Mandeville Games. World championships were held since 1973. The sport has been a part of the Paralympic programme since the first official Games in Rome in 1960. The women’s competition joined the programme at the Games in Tel Aviv in 1968.

The rules governing the sport are mostly the same as for standard basketball, except a player cannot touch their wheels twice after receiving or dribbling the ball, or else they will be penalized for traveling. They can only pass, bounce, or shoot. In Canada, non-disabled athletes using wheelchairs are allowed to compete alongside other athletes on mixed teams.

Results from 2011 Parapan Am Games

Event                    Men

Gold               United States

Silver                 Colombia

Bronze                Canada

Event                  Women

Gold               United States

Silver                   Canada

Bronze                  Brazil

Click here for more results.

Venue for 2015

Ryerson Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, Toronto, Ontario.

Read our other Parapan 101 articles:

Parapan 101: Goalball
Parapan 101: Boccia
Parapan 101: Wheelchair Tennis
Parapan 101: Archery
Parapan 101: Football

I am an Indian immigrant to Canada, in my fifties. I currently live in Toronto. I have a medical condition called Spino Cerebellar Ataxia (SCA) and use a power wheelchair. Worked for 25+ years in 3 different countries, in banking and investments.


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