Wheelchair basketball has been taking place in Bendigo for years, but under the vision of the team's chairman, bigger and better things are on the horizon.
Daniel Nancarrow has big plans for the sport which he is determined to see flourish.
The current Bendigo Wheelchair Braves team meet every Tuesday night at the stadium, and the same as any other sports team would, they arrive at training ready for business.
"Like all athletes they're very competitive people and want to perform on the highest level they possibly can," Nancarrow said.
"And to do this while wearing the Bendigo Braves jersey - it's really a great thing - it shows they are part of a larger team."
Nancarrow's passion has been inspired by his uncle who has been involved with wheelchair sports for years, and attended the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as an athlete's personal nurse.
"They are determined athletes and it's about giving them the same opportunity as the other thousands of people who come through the doors at the Bendigo Stadium each week," Nancarrow said.
One of the team's players, Hayden Farley, 26, has been in a wheelchair for his entire life.
However, he has not let it stop him pursue his passion for picking up a basketball and hitting the court
"I've been playing since 2001, all of my friends and I grew up absolutely loving the sport," Farley said.
"The game is really comparable to able-body basketball, so the skill cross-over is quite similar.
"It doesn't matter how good you are at basketball, everyone has to start somewhere and there's no better sport to get involved with."
Farley recently played for the Braves at the annual Bendigo Basketball Wheelchair tournament.
Bendigo didn't make it to the grand final, but regardless, all the participants thoroughly enjoyed the experience of competing.
"We all like to play hard, but it's also a good social occasion, all the teams from around Victoria enjoy coming together in the one place for the tournament," Farley said.
Bendigo's Jontee Brown is another athlete who has been involved with the Braves wheelchair program.
Based on the experience he gained while playing for the team, he has played in the National Wheelchair Basketball League, and once represented the country playing for the Australian Under-23 Spinners.
Nancarrow praised the determination of players such as Brown and Farley.
"To think around two and a half years ago when Jontee (Brown) received his diagnoses, he thought his playing days were over, but now he plays on an international level," Nancarrow said.
One of Nancarrow and the Bendigo Basketball Association's current goals is to create a domestic competition with wheelchair teams from across the state.
"It's certainly not a case of you having to be bound to a wheelchair to play, anyone can hop in a chair and play with the team," Nancarrow said.
"An obstacle we're trying to overcome is the lack of chairs.
"We currently only have six owned by the BBA and if we were to run a domestic competition - with this number of chairs- we wouldn't be able to have more than one game at a time."
"It would put a lot of pressure on the fixtures, it's one of the obstacles we aim to overcome and we will be planning and working with the sports office...hopefully we can start to build something over the next six to eight months."
Are you interested in playing with the Bendigo Wheelchair Braves? Anyone is welcome to try out and give it a go. Please contact the Bendigo Stadium on (03) 5440 6200 for further details.
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