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Suncoast Spinners Weekly Program Continues through 2018

Wednesday nights 6.30 – 8.30 pm
University of the Sunshine Coast Sports Stadium, Sippy Downs.

Starting Wednesday the 24th January 2018

 USC O Week Market Day 19th February 2018

Monday 19th February 2018

10am – 2pm USC campus

Join Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion Team for an interactive stand. Try your ball skills from a wheelchair.


  The Queen’s Baton Relay Gympie on the 26 March 2018

Suncoast Spinners are proud to announce that Steven Elliott has been selected as one of the baton bearers for the Commonwealth Games. The baton comes through Gympie on the 26 March 2018. 💜😇 Well done Steven.

GOLDOC Chairman Peter Beattie AC:

“We couldn’t be more excited for the baton bearers who will be a part of this rich tradition. We are honoured to have so many great Australians carry Her Majesty’s message for Gold Coast 2018 and we look forward to celebrating their stories and inspiring generations to come.

“For the baton bearers, this will be a rare and unforgettable experience.”


Past Events

Mums-ercise Reverse Inclusion Retreat workshops

Delivered over three weeks in February 2018, around 40 mums from Brisbane enjoyed their wheelchair basketball workshop.

Fitness Weekends

Youi Presentation and Work shop

On February 1st, Bridie Kean and James Hill presented to  Youi Group Leaders on Reverse Inclusion and Wheelchair Basketball. With 900 staff  based at  Youi on the Sunshine Coast adjacent to USC this was an opportunity to engage on a large scale to the Sunshine Coast community. There were many encouraging questions and comments following the presentation. A work shop was scheduled a week later with around 20 staff enjoying a come and try session.



The Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Inc. AGM was held on the 7th February 2018 at the USC stadium multipurpose room.
Elected Incoming committee Management
President – Bridie Kean
Treasure – Maryanne Smith
Secretary – Sharon Hill
General Member – Glenys Blandford
General Member – Sue Robson
Thank you to outgoing President Steven Elliott for filling the casual vacancy late 2017.

Suncoast Spinners Tournament 2018

January 12, 13 & 14  2018

Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street.

2018 Tournament

The Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Tournament has wrapped up for another year with many hotly-contested finals.

Feed the Heat (Brisbane) managed to claim top honours in the premier grade final after defeating Thundercats (Perth) 47-48.

That wasn’t the only tight finish in the competition, with Dream Team (Brisbane) winning A-grade 26-19 against the Thomoz Tomahawks.

Lismore took win in B-grade Grand final after a hotly contested game against the Suncoast Wheelies (A Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion team) 18-17.

The competition featured plenty of national talent, including Australian Under 23 Spinners player Steven Elliott, who played for the Spinning Bullets.

His side finished the premier grade in third place and relished the challenge.

“I’ve been playing in the premier grade and we’ve got some of the Paralympians and up-and-comers who are hoping to go to worlds this year so it’s been crazy the amount of talent and some good games,” he said.

“This is probably one of the biggest tournaments in Australia.”

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Teams from Perth, Adelaide, Victoria, NSW and QLD competed in the largest tournament to date. 20 teams, 82 games over three days of action packed wheelchair basketball.

The Australian Gliders utilizing the event as a training camp in the lead up to the World Championships later this year.


“This event is proudly supported by Sunshine Coast Council and Visit Sunshine Coast”

Sunday 14th January


Results of Suncoast Spinners Tournament  2018
1st Feed the Heat – Dan Anstey; Kurt Thomaon; Matt McShane; Tom O’Neil-Thorne; Bridie Kean and Jeremy Synot
2nd Thundercats – Shuan Norris; Kayl Jeffery; Thomas McHugh; Laavale Faaeteete; Mark Utley; Michael Hartnet
3rd Bullets – Shannon Buxton; Tom Holland-Roach; Steven Elliott; Jake Fulwood and Nick RadovickAll Star 5   Matt McShane (Feed the Heat); Jason Holohan (Rockhampton); Shaun Norris (Thundercats); Shelley Chaplin (Gliders Green); Thomas McHugh (Thundercats)MVP   Shelley Chaplin (Gliders Green)A Grade
1st Dream Team – Joe Salu; Scott Wintle; Brant North; Dave Hegerty; Andrew Lewis
2nd Thomoz Tomahawks – Scott Boland; Matt Thompson; Blair Thompson; Ben Noonan; Ben Smith; Dave Kelly
3rd VWBA – Campbell Fraser; Bailey Jankovic; Patrick McKay; Teisha Shadwell; Liam Fitzgerald; James Weinert; Jim Lacey; Nathan WilburnAll Star 5   Ben Noonan (Thomoz Tomahawks); Corey Mostram (Toowoomba); Todd Anderson (Frenchville Rockwheelers); Teisha Shawell (VWBA); Scott Boland (Thomoz Tomahawks)MVP    Todd Anderson (Frenchville Rockwheelers)Encouragement Award Jasmine Mannign (Rolling Thunder White)B Grade
1st Lismore – Cody Baker-Alvos; Will Smith; Duane Gilmore; Jime Gilmore; Liam Flanagan; Aiden Flanagan
2nd Suncoast Wheelies – Callum Pettigrew; Will House; Lachlan Wood; Nate Jobson; Ben Blandford; Jarred Liddicoat; D’Mitri Hagicostas; Andreas Hagicostas
3rd Toowoomba Bushrangers – Diane Hetherington; Mel Hetherington; Dylan Barber; Curtis Barber; Adam Keeting; Justice TranquilleAll Star 5 Mitch Duncan (Suncoast Tornados); Duane Gilmore (Lismore); Jarred Liddicoat (Suncoast Wheelies); Jashar Keetly (Suncoast Tornados); Melissa Hetherington (Toowoomba Bushrangers)MVP Duane Gilmore (LismoreEncouragement Award Adam Keeting (Toowoomba Bushrangers)Face Plant Award Jay Dohnt (Adelaide Thunder)Mandy Fooks Best & Fairest Award Peter Arbuckle (Toowoomba Bushrangers)Vic Renolds & Steve Wendell Memorial – Most Outstanding Team Award
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Reverse Inclusion Sunshine Butterflies Workshop

On Monday the 9th October the Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion program saw 20 members and eight staff from Sunshine Butterflies participate in a wheelchair basketball workshop.

 AN INNOVATIVE INCLUSIVE PROJECT delivered through workshops led by Suncoast Spinners Members, Paralympic and world class wheelchair basketball athletes has resulted in over 100 school and university students playing wheelchair basketball at USC Stadium.

The Suncoast Spinners Reverse Inclusion project has flipped the notion of inclusion to create a fully inclusive environment inviting everyone to play wheelchair basketball. It involves the inclusion of people with and without disabilities playing the sport. “Reverse inclusion involves people with and without physical impairments using wheelchairs as a piece of sporting equipment. Because everyone plays in wheelchairs it creates an equal playing field where the focus is all on ability, not disability.” Paralympian Bridie Kean said.

Sunshine Butterflies is a Sunshine Coast based not-for-profit disability services and support organisation, supporting people with disability and their families by promoting health and well-being, independence and inclusion through their programs.

20 Sunshine Butterflies members and 8 staff took to the court alongside Paralympic basketballer Bridie Kean, Australian wheelchair basketballers Hannah Dodd and Steven Elliott and Suncoast Spinners Ben Smith and Natalie Palmer.

The program involved a coach led session by Reverse Inclusion Workshop leader James Hill, before it was time to play. Suncoast Butterflies participants enjoyed the program so much, they have requested it becomes a regular appointment.

A quote from James Hill: “We are getting great feedback from our school groups involved in the program. Everyone is having heaps of fun and improving the more they play”Paralympian Bridie Kean said it was a fantastic event at USC Stadium. “Our project is all about empowerment through sport by creating an inclusive playing field. However, it is also just really fun and great to see our workshop participants loving this amazing game”

Reverse Inclusion Program “Funded by the NDIS through the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants”

USC Occupational Therapy Honours Conference 2017.

9:00am to 3:10pm Saturday 7th October 2017,Lecture Theatre 7 Building C Sippy Downs Campus University of the Sunshine Coast

The conference is an exhibition of the research works completed by Honours candidates during the 3rd and 4th years of their occupational therapy studies.
The conference is a chance for local practitioners, researchers, academics and students to connect over a common goal; enhancing the occupational therapy knowledge base and translation of knowledge to practice.
This year’s conference will feature a long oral paper stream for students completing the Honours Research pathway and a poster display for students completing the Honours Project pathway

Thomas Miller: Impacts of a dual academic and elite para-sport program on student athletes and student coaches: A pilot study

Peita-Maree Clark: Perceptions of Australian wheelchair basketball athletes when considering enrolment in a dual academic and elite parasport pathway: A pilot study

Reverse integration in wheelchair basketball


Reverse Inclusion Inter-school Eight week program

Term 3 2017  Maleny State High School and Beerwah State High school Year 7

The Reverse Inclusion Inter-school Eight week program was designed to allow students with disability the opportunity to engage in sport along side fellow class mates. The program was an overwhelming success with three students becoming regular participants in the Suncoast Spinners weekly social program from this initiation into wheelchair basketball.  The quote below is from a student with a physical disability who had his first wheelchair basketball experience through the Reverse Inclusion program.

“Thank you for supporting us in Wheelchair Basketball. It has shown me that there is fun and games in a wheelchair. I thought it sucked till I met you guys. I think everyone from Maleny High is thankful too.”

HOT 91.1 Celebrity Wheelchair Basketball Challenge

Wednesday, September 13 a@6:30 PM – 8:30 PM  USC stadium, Sippy Downs,

Free Spectator Event

Hot 91.1 FM Breakfast co-host Sam, Dave and Ash will join Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball club to celebrate Disability Action Week in Celebrity Game. Come along and support Sam, Dave and Ash as they compete against the Sunshine Coast premier wheelchair basketball team, The Suncoast Spinners.

Disability and Lifestyle Expo

Thursday 31st August,2017 Tafe QLD, Mooloolaba Campus 10am  -2pm

Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball stand and interactive display,

Bridie Kean guest speaker on Reverse Inclusion @ 10.30am

 Disability Options Day on Monday 11th September 2017

CQUniversity Noosa is hosting a Disability Options Day on Monday 11th September 2017 as part of Disability Action Week. The event is a day for upper high school students and young adults with a disability or special needs and their carers to learn about the options and services available to them as they transition from school to adult life. Come along and see the Suncoast Spinners Interactive stand and listen to Bridie present on Reveres Inclusion.

Reverse Inclusion Spinners Basketball workshop.

24th August 11am -1pm.  USC stadium, Sippy Downs.

Open Day Wheelchair Basketball workshop to celebrate Diversity Week USC stadium 24th August 11am -1pm.

Come alone and have a go at Wheelchair Basketball.

To book your place use this link:

Queensland State Titles “Classic’s”

June 9 – 11 2017  Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Southern Challenge

Round 2 Saturday 4th February 2017 9am – 3pm Coomera, Gold Coast.

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University of the Sunshine Coast’s Market Day

on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 to be held at our Sippy Downs Campus.

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Wednesday 28th September 2016  10am – 12.00pm


Suncoast Spinners will host an exhibition game to launch the January 2017 wheelchair basketball tournament.

Meet our local club members and be entertained with an exhibition game highlighting the talents here on the Sunshine Coast.
Meet Wheelchair Basketball celebrities including members of the National Wheelchair Basketball League, Australian coach, and members of the Australian Rollers on their return from Rio.



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Suncoast Spinners Tournament 2017

Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Sunday 15th January 2017

Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Caloundra.

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