Wheelchair Basketball

Leanne began her Wheelchair Basketball career in June 2006. She currently plays for:

  • •Australian Gliders (Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team)
  • Powered by AGL Kilsyth Cobras (Women’s National Wheelchair Basketball League)

 

Australian Gliders

2008  Beijing Paralympics- Gliders won Bronze (Ranked #3 in the world)

2010  World Championships, Birmingham- Gliders placed 4th (Ranked #4 in the world)

2012  London Paralympics- Gliders win Silver (Ranked #2 in the world)

2014  World Championships, Toronto- Gliders placed 6th (Ranked #6 in the world)

2016  Did not qualify for Rio Paralympics (unranked)

2017 Qualifications for World Championships - Upcoming

 

Powered by AGL Kilsyth Cobras

Team Victoria have worked solidly over the last few years in developing coaches and players. A solid WNWBL season in both 2011 and 2012 saw the Victoria become back-to-back National Champions.

The Sydney Uni Flames have been reigning Champions for the past 9 years running. Victoria took over as Champions in a blockbuster game in 2011. 

“Becoming the National Champions for 2011 was the most amazing feeling ever. It was a very close and nerve wracking game, but we worked together and trusted that our preparations for the year would pay off. It was one of the most exciting games I have ever been a part of!” 

In 2012, saw Victoria defending their title of National Champions and recently became back-to-back winners on home turf against the Sydney Bears. With both teams including players of the current Gliders team, it was a great spectacle and a finals series to remember. "I especially enjoyed cutting down the Championship net with my team mates, family and friends cheering me on."

In 2013, the Victorian team had a new look reigning under the Basketball Victoria banner. After some retirerees, it made way for some fresh new faces. Development and rebuilding became a primary focus. The much younger team had alot to learn but could not come up with a 3-peat. Instead finishing fourth for the season.

2014 was certainly an interesting time with each of the teams taking on new developing players and future Gliders. The finals series produced some great games of basketball by all teams, with the Grand Final featuring the Queensland Comets versus Victoria. This was Queenslands first finals campaign and came out firing in front of their home crowd. Whilst the Victorian team put up an outstanding effort, the Queensland Comets fought hard to win by 2 points in a thrilling finish. Games can still be found on YouTube.

2015 is where undefeated became the term to describe the Powered by AGL Kilsyth Cobras. They were unstoppabled in their ability utilise their strengths to take on any opponent. With shooters, ball handlers and sealers covering every inch of the floor, the title of National Champions was a fitting end to a steller season. Leanne, Captain of the successful team gives credit to each of her team mates for trusting in eachother to get the job done over the Perth Western Stars in the Grand Final. To make it bitter sweet, the Kilsyth men's team were also crowned National Champs for 2015. Congratulations to both teams.

2016, saw a few players absent from the Kilsyths women's team making up the group of majority rookies. A super tough season saw Captain Leanne Del Toso and senior player Shelley Chaplin bearing the brunt of the pressure to win enough games to secure a place in the finals. A very inconsistent year left Kilsyth without a full playing squad for the entire year, only just scrapping through to finals. Both Leanne and Shelley were absent from the finals series due to their ongoing support for CyclePower, resulting in the team playing without their most experienced players. The girls gave it their all, finishing 4th for the season. They now look to having a solid and consistent 2017 season. 

2017 continued to be the year of the rookies. With a few senior players opting to take some time out, Leanne had the huge task of getting the new players up to speed whilst getting to know the new coaching crew. The girls did their best despite being so new to the sport. While the team improved over the course of the season, it wasnt enough to secure them a spot in the finals. The team is looking at training for the remainder of the year in preparation for a better outcome for 2018.

 

 

If you are interested in Wheelchair Basketball and would like to get involved, contact Basketball Victoria and speak to an Inclusion Officer. Everyone can play so bring all your friends. There is an opportunity for everyone!

 

Awards Received

  • Best New Talent- WNWBL 2007
  • Coaches Award- Victorian Dandenong Rangers WNWBL 2008
  • •Players Player & MVP Award- Victorian Dandenong Rangers WNWBL 2009
  • •Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year Award- Basketball Victoria 2009
  • •MVP Award- Victorian Dandenong Rangers WNWBL 2010
  • •Players Player Award- Australian Gliders Asia Oceania Qualifiers in Korea 2011
  • Coaches Award- Victorian Dandenong Ranges WNWBL 2012
  • Wheelchair Basketball Athlete of the Year Award- Basketball Victoria 2013
  • Joint recipient for Female contribution to Wheelchair Basketball- Basketball Australia 2013
  • All Abilities Sports Person of the Year Award- Banyule City Council 2014
  • Australian True Sport Award- World Championships Canada 2014
  • WNWBL 3.0 All Star Five Award 2015
  • MVP Award- Kilsyth Cobras WNWBL 2015
  • MVP Award- Kilsyth Cobras WNWBL 2016