What would you say to a younger player starting out in the game ?

121409-RichardAskaPlayer“Having fun and enjoying the game of wheelchair basketball is one of the most important aspects of being successful in the sport.

That is how I approached things when I started playing, and that’s what keeps me playing today.  Hopefully you can find a wheelchair basketball program in your local area that suits your needs.

It will be easier to learn the game and to learn how to use a sports wheelchair with other athletes that are also learning the same skills as you.   Finding a proper sports wheelchair that fits you well, and having access to the proper sports equipment will also make your first experiences much more enjoyable. When I started, I was lucky to have some good coaches and players to help me learn some of basics of the game and to help me find a sports chair that best suited my disability.

VERY IMPORTANT: bring lots of tape & band-aids!!  You will be getting a few blisters on your fingers and hands the first time you try wheelchair basketball, so be prepared.

There are a lot of resources to help you get started in wheelchair sports, BC Wheelchair Sports helped me get started and they have continued to help me throughout me career.

So get out there and have fun like I have for the last 20 years, maybe I will see you on the court some day.”


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