A wheelchair basketball team representing the United States is home after winning a gold medal at the inaugural Australian Paralympic Youth Games in Melbourne, Australia. The team included eight athletes and four coaches, past and present, who compete on the Rolling Timberwolves, Courage Center, Minneapolis.
The Paralympic competition took place on October 5 to 11 at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre and included teams from throughout Australia plus international teams of athletes age 20 years or younger.
The US team was undefeated, going 7-0 in competition against five Australian teams. In the final game, Team USA was behind by 2 points at halftime, but pulled ahead by 6 points at the end of the third quarter, keeping the pressure on to defeat Western Australia’s Westies 68-53.
Derrick Bisnett of Bismarck, ND, led the team with 118 points, with Minneapolis’ Ben Kenyon scoring 64. Head Coach Mike Bauler was recognized as head supervisor of the tournament.
Courage Center is a nonprofit rehabilitation and resource center that advances the lives of children and adults experiencing barriers to health and independence. The facility specializes in treating brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, chronic pain, autism, and disabilities experienced since birth.
[Source: Courage Center]