Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) is proud to announce the integration of the first Australian university wheelchair basketball team into the Sydney Uni Flames basketball program for 2010.

Incorporating the championship winning, Hills Hornets women’s wheelchair basketball team, this new initiative places Sydney Uni at the forefront of both able-bodied and wheelchair women’s basketball in NSW. The Sydney Uni Wheelchair Flames, will boast both experienced internationals and talented stars of the future – under the leadership of none other than dual Paralympian and current Sydney Uni PhD candidate Sarah Stewart.

Stewart is a current SUSF scholarship holder and is the proud owner of a silver medal from the Athens 2004 Paralympics and a bronze medal from the Beijing 2008 Paralympics.

‘I am really thrilled to be part of such a wonderful program here at Sydney Uni and to be supported by such an outstanding team,’ said Stewart.

The squad will also contain; 5-time Paralympian Leisl Tesch, Beijing Paralympian Katie Hill, SUSF scholarship holder and veterinary student Caitlin de Wit, rising star Stephanie van Leeuwen and 15 year old Wagga Wagga school student Jessica Pellow – who is burning her way through the ranks in the Australian squad.

‘It’s an exhilarating time for women’s basketball in NSW and women’s sport in general. Sydney Uni is proud to support both the only WNBL team and the leading WNWBL team in NSW,’ said SUSF President Bruce Ross.

Stewart, Tesch and Hill have just returned from winning gold at the Osaka Cup in Japan – a tournament for four of the top five teams in international women’s wheelchair basketball. The trio played an important role in the Australian Gliders defeating the USA (currently ranked No. 1 in the world) in the final, 55-37.

The Sydney Uni Wheelchair Flames is looking forward to making the Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre home for their 2010 season – with three of the WNWBL round to be held in Sydney:

Round 1: 9-11 April 2010 Marrickville PCYC

Round 2: 30 April – 2 May 2010 Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre

Round 4: 6- 8 August 2010 Sydney Uni Sports & Aquatic Centre
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For further information please contact:

Trish Fallon
Flames Operations Co-ordinator
Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness
9351 8100