Heelers wheel around for fun

Wheelchair basketballers Ryan Morich, Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy and Clare Nott. Picture: Marcus Whisson d424285
Wheelchair basketballers Ryan Morich, Kathleen O'Kelly-Kennedy and Clare Nott. Picture: Marcus Whisson d424285

The Adelaide team that comprises Perth players lost 67-75 in the first game and 48-66 in the second game of the round in Bunbury, the team’s spiritual home.

The teams were playing for the Woolkabunning Kiaka Cup to recognise members of the Roelands Village community who are committed to promoting disability awareness in Aboriginal communities.

Cottesloe resident Kathleen O’Kelly-Kennedy said the Heelers joined the competition this season after Adelaide appeared unlikely to field a team.

‘This year is more about developing players we have and getting right for next season,’ O’Kelly-Kennedy said.

‘We’ve had one win against the Sydney Wheelkings and want to beat that team again. We could give other teams a run for their money too.’

The Heelers support Outback Academy taking their social inclusion message around Australia as they play.

‘We run our program Healing and Wheeling teaching people in wheelchairs about having fun and all the things they can do with a disability,’ O’Kelly-Kennedy said.

The Heelers play the first-placed Perth Wheelcats in round five this weekend.