Basketballer bounces back from bad injury

Georgia Inglis with her Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League Championship gold medal. Picture: Bruce Hunt d408923
Georgia Inglis with her Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League Championship gold medal. Picture: Bruce Hunt d408923

The Maida Vale resident was just 10-years-old in 2004 when her back was broken when she was run over by a ride-on lawn mower.

Fast forward to 2013 and her sporting achievements are as long as her arm.

The active teenager, who juggles her sporting commitments with studies at Curtin University, has already broken swimming records and has had basketball in her sights for a while.

Her most recent win is a Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League Championship title that she shares with her Western Stars teammates.

They beat the Sydney Bears on their opponents’ home turf in September with a 43-40 score.

Inglis, who has been playing for more than three years, said the WA team almost didn’t take home the gold.

‘At one point, the other team was 12 points ahead, then in the fourth quarter they were 10 points ahead,’ she said.

‘But we caught up and won by three points.’

She and her teammates, who are also her friends, were thrilled with the win.

When she isn’t at the gym three times a week, playing basketball several times a week and doing cardio twice a week, she has her nose buried in her university books.

‘I am studying health and science and want to work with people with disabilities,’ she said.

‘When I had my accident, so many people in the field helped me, and so now I want to give back somehow.’

Inglis said she hopes her dedication and hard training will pay off with a spot on the Australian national wheelchair basketball team.