Suncoast Spinners host a tournament in January each year which is recognised on the National Basketball Calendar. The tournament brings together athletes from around Australia and overseas in what is the premier showcase event for Wheelchair Basketball in the state of Queensland.
This three day event highlights the immense talent here on the Sunshine Coast.
January 12 – 14 2018
For First Time Competitors:
Suncoast Spinners wheelchair basketball tournament will run over three days, January Friday 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th. The event will start with registration on Friday at approximately 8.30am – 9.30am followed by opening address. Games are expected to start at 10am and may run to 5 or 6 pm, later if needed. Saturdays games will finish around 4 – 5pm to allow time to change for tournament dinner. Games will run daily Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Games will start on Saturday & Sunday between 8 -9 am.
Grand final games begin at approximately 12.30 pm Sunday 14th, with Premier Grade Grand Final starting at 1.30pm finishing at 2.30pm. 2.30pm – 3pm will be the medal ceremony and closing .
These times are an estimate and will be confirmed once draw is set.
The flyer attached is for spectator information.
Times listed on flyer are for general public entry.
Record breaking number of paralympians lining up for local event
The continued growth of the Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Tournament will saw a record number of Australian Paralympian and World Championship members compete at January’s event. Tournament organisers had 17 past and present elite players and coaches lining up to compete in January. The popularity of this event is largely due to the unique 3 grade competition, allowing members of Australia’s National team to compete against each other in what is regarded as a serious friendly tournament. Plenty of fierce competition along with mentoring and support of our future paralympians.
2017 saw the Sunshine Coast’s Premier Grade Team, the Suncoast Spinners Franchise successful in bringing home gold. Locals Ben Smith (NWBL), Jake Fulwood (NWBL) and Jeremy Synot (NWBL Coach, Assistant Coast Rio 2016) with the talents of Dylan Childs (U23’s) Adam Deans WA (RIO 2016), Bailey Rowlands QLD (NWBL) and Tom O’Niel-Thorne completed the Franchise team.
The Suncoast Spinners B Grade team were successful in securing Bronze for the Sunshine Coast with locals club members aged between 6 and 20 making up the clubs junior team.