Basketball SA is excited to support Disability Recreation and Sports SA’s (DRSSA) upcoming attempt at the Guinness World Record for the longest game of wheelchair basketball in history.
DRSSA, the peak state sporting organisation for people with a physical disability, was established in 1965. The not-for-profit, member-driven association strives to support and encourage people with a disability to lead active, healthy and connected lives through their involvement and participation in recreation, fitness and sport.
They are also responsible for entering the Adelaide Thunder into the National Wheelchair Basketball League (NWBL) each season.
The NWBL began in 1988 and since that time, the Adelaide Thunder has won six national titles and proudly sits in second place behind Perth for the most titles won in the league.
The 2016 NWBL season saw six teams from four states compete in home and away rounds, the Adelaide Thunder however, was not one of them. Unfortunately, DRSSA has not been able to enter the Adelaide team since 2014 due to the lack of funding in the sport.
South Australia has a very proud history in wheelchair basketball and we have seen the state provide international players on the world stage. Without an Adelaide team in the NWBL, many talented local South Australian players who wish to be considered for national selection have to follow their dreams interstate.
Currently, a driven group of wheelchair basketball players are actively working towards re-entering a team for the 2017 season. DRSSA state that in order to do this, $40,000 will need to be raised.
The upcoming World Record Attempt will be held on Saturday, 22 October from 9.00am and continue until Sunday, 23 October at 5.00pm. The attempt will see a number of basketball players take to the court in wheelchairs to play for a total of 32 continuous hours.
DRSSA hope that this exciting event will help to raise awareness of the current status of wheelchair basketball in South Australia and assist their quest to carry on South Australia’s proud history by re-entering the Adelaide Thunder into the NWBL for the 2017 season.
Basketball SA would like to wish DRSSA and all those involved in making this great attempt the best of luck and further congratulate the participants on their inspiring support for the future of wheelchair basketball in South Australia.
DRSSA is also a registered charity with the Australia Charities and the not-for-profits Commission for anyone who would like to help get behind their amazing association initiatives. All donations over $2.00 are tax deductible. To donate, please contact DRSSA on 8234 1533.
See below for more information on the Guinness World Record Attempt.