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Suncoast Spinners to get 10 new wheelchairs, funded by $10,000 Ergon-Energex grant

Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Basketball Club is thrilled to be awaiting the arrival of ten brand-new wheelchairs to help expand its programs in the South Burnett region, thanks to a grant from the Ergon-Energex Community Fund.

Suncoast Spinners president Bridie Keen, Member for Caloundra Jason Hunt, and Ergon-Energex area manager Peter Lougheed.

Suncoast Spinners president and Paralympian, Dr Bridie Kean said the new chairs would provide a huge boost for the South Burnett Spinners, which was an outreach club formed under the Suncoast Spinners Club in 2021.

“At Suncoast Spinners we support wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby here on the Sunshine Coast as well as in other areas such as Moreton Bay and South Burnett.

“This is because we want more people, with and without a disability to have access to our great wheelchair sports.”

Dr Kean said Suncoast Spinners promoted reverse inclusion, which sees them invite able-bodied players to join in with players who also use a wheelchair in their everyday lives.

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Suncoast Spinners player and coach part of Queensland Wheelchair Rugby League Origin Win

Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Sports Club member and coach James Hill has returned to the Coast jubilant after being part of the Queensland State of Origin Wheelchair Rugby League win in Townsville on the weekend.

The Queensland side claimed back-to-back State of Origin shields for the first time in their history with a dominant 49-24 win over New South Wales.

Suncoast Spinners head coach and Disability Support community project manager James Hill said the game was great preparation for the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup in the UK later this year.

SCS James Hill playing for Australia v Engaland in 2019

Suncoast Spinners player and coach named in Australian team for World Cup Wheelchair Rugby League

Suncoast Spinners Wheelchair Sports Club member and coach James Hill has been named as part of the Australian team for the World Cup Wheelchair Rugby League competition in the United Kingdom later this year.
Suncoast Spinners president Bridie Kean said everyone at the Club was really excited for James, who plays wheelchair rugby league as well as playing and coaching wheelchair basketball.
“This is the second time James has been selected to play for Australia and he has also played for Queensland in State of Origin competitions,” Bridie said.
James, 23, has been playing wheelchair sport since 2014 after accompanying a friend to a social game. He said at Sunshine Coast Spinners, Reverse Inclusion, where able-bodied people were encouraged to play together with those in a wheelchair to develop a truly inclusive sport, was a key part of their mission.

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