Throughout the last decade Shelley has dedicated her life to being one of the best wheelchair basketballers in the world. Shelley was first introduced to wheelchair sports at the age of 12 and has been on the Australian team wWomen’s Wheelchair Basketball Team, the Gliders, since she was 17.
Getting her first taste for international competition at the World Championships in 2002 was just the beginning for Shelley who was one of the youngest players selected for the Athens 2004 Paralympic Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team that then went on to win a silver medal.
Not being satisfied with second best in the world Shelley sought out an opportunity to play in the United States college division and was awarded a full-ride scholarship to the University of Illinois. After completing her degree in Recreation, Sport and Tourism Shelley returned to Australia and is now a member of the Leadership group within the Gliders.
Outside of basketball Shelley was fortunate enough to receive an opportunity to work in TV production with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. She worked on Adam Hills Tonight and Spicks and Specks which was a great experience, the ABC were supportive of Shelley’s training requirements which made it easier to balance work and sport.
Shelley also believes in the importance of giving back and is actively involved in Cyclepower a Disability Sport and Recreation Initiative. Cyclepower is a charity bike ride which takes place every year in a different neighbouring country in order to raise funding and awareness for people with disabilities both in Victoria and abroad. In 2013 Shelley rode 550km around the perimeter of Fiji, raising over $12,000 with London 2012 teammate Leanne Del Toso. In 2014 the challenge increased with just one day back in Australia after the World Championships Shelley and Leanne flew to Thailand to complete a 600km bike ride from Surat Thani to Puket the girls managed to raise over $9000 in-between their traininging for the World Championships. Cyclepower 2015 will take place in Sri Lanka and Shelley and Leanne have set their fundraising goal at over $10,000. To donate click link below.
Having recently finished a disappointing 6th at the World Wheelchair Basketball Championships in Toronto Canada, Shelley and the Gliders and back in full-time training striving to be the best team on the planet and claim that elusive gold in Rio 2016.
Australian National Team, the Gliders 2001 - Present
London, 2012 – Silver Medal
Beijing, 2008 – Bronze Medal
Athens, 2004 – Silver Medal
World ChampionshipsToronto, 2014 – 6th place
Birmingham, 2010 – 4th place
Amsterdam, 2006 – 4th place
Kitakyushu, 2002 – Bronze
University of IllinoisLINK:http://www.disability.illinois.edu/2012-london-paralympics
Runners-up 2009/2010 – All American Team
Runners-up 2008/2009 – All American Team
National Champions 2007/2008 – All American Team & MVP
National Champions 2006/2007 – All American Team
National Champions 2005/2006 – 2nd All American Team
Basketball VictoriaRunners-up 2014
National Champions 2012 – All Star 5
National Champions 2011 – All Star 5 & MVP
National Champions 2001 – All Star 5 & MVP
HandcyclingNational Champion 2013 TT H4 Women
National Champion 2013 RR H4 Women
To donate to the Cyclepower Initiative and help people with disabilities in Victoria and Sri Lanka have an opportunity of get involved in sports that could change their lives just like Shelley click here https://give.everydayhero.com/au/shelley-and-leanne