A WATERSHED in the way disability sports are promoted in Bendigo will arrive this weekend.
From Sunday, Bendigo's only wheelchair basketball team will come under the umbrella of the Bendigo Basketball Association
To be known as the Bendigo Wheelchair Braves, the club will adopt the blue and yellow colours worn proudly for decades by the club's men's and women's SEABL teams.
The union will be made official during a presentation at the Bendigo Stadium on Sunday before the Braves' SEABL match against the Brisbane Spartans, starting at 2pm.
It will be a proud moment for all involved with the team, formerly known as the Bendigo Gold.
Team manager Mark Logan said it was a new year for the team, which was founded in 2008 as a few people shooting hoops together.
"It's been a tough 18 months, we've played games in Geelong, Shepparton and Ballarat, and we have proven to be a team to be taken seriously", he said
"We took our brand to the Bendigo Basketball Association and they have welcomed us with open arms.
"We've often placed second in recent games, but we're playing against some pretty experienced teams around regional Victoria, but with the backing of the Bendigo Braves and the BBA we're hoping to become stronger."
The team is coached by Joe Chivers, who took up the sport eight years ago following a skydiving accident in Hobart in which he fractured his L1 vertebrae, causing him to become an L1 incomplete paraplegic.
He is also one of the team's seven players.
The 28-year-old described being on court as a "great release".
"It's a form of therapy and we get a really good push out of it - a bit of exercise," Chivers said.
"We have a really good core of five who come along to training every Wednesday night and train at the stadium.
"We actually have a member who is playing the national league for the women's team, Bree Mellberg."
The team will play its last game as the Gold on Saturday night against Ballarat at the Minerdome.
One player who can't wait to don the new Braves uniform is Jontee Brown
The 18-year-old has only been playing the sport for four months, but was a member of junior Braves squads in his youth
Still able-bodied, Brown was diagnosed with reactive arthritis, after four surgeries on his left knee, which became infected while overseas in early 2015 on a school trip, helping in third world villages.
He said wheelchair basketball had allowed him the opportunity of continuing to play competitive sport.
“It’s great to be able to get back into the Brave systems and wear the blue and gold,” he said.
Bendigo Stadium executive manager Brock Rogers said it was an exciting time for basketball in Bendigo.
"Its great to have wheelchair basketball under the BBA banner," he said.
"We have a lot of new initiatives coming up incorporating a lot of minority inclusion groups, and the wheelchair group is just one of them.
"(Last) weekend we had an access all-abilities tournament which was also a big success."
Sunday's presentation will include a wheelchair basketball demonstration.
Training nights for Wheelchair Braves are Wednesdays 5:50pm-6:50pm at the Bendigo Stadium.
If you are wanting to connect with the Bendigo Wheelchair Braves head to the Braves Facebook page and leave them a message.