Michael Oxley is the new head coach for the South Burnett wheelchair basketball program (Photo: Suncoast Spinners)

September 7, 2021

Suncoast Spinners – which runs the wheelchair basketball program at the South Burnett PCYC in Murgon – has a new head coach.

A Spinners’ spokesperson said Michael Oxley was an accredited coach who loved sharing with others the enjoyment of participating in sport, and in particular, wheelchair basketball.

He has more than 30 years’ wheelchair basketball coaching experience, including as head coach of the Fraser Coasters Wheelchair Basketball, the Queensland junior development squad and the Australian Under 25 women’s wheelchair basketball squad.

“His coaching philosophy is teaching team and individual values of courage, integrity, effort, positive attitude, discipline, kindness, fun and enjoyment through wheelchair basketball,” the spokesperson said.

“He thrives on empowering people to become the best they can be on and off the court.”

Michael is incorporating the Suncoast Spinners’ “reverse inclusion” initiative into the South Burnett wheelchair basketball program.

“Reverse inclusion” encourages people with and without a disability to play wheelchair sports together.

“Basketball has been a big part of his life and has given him so much, he wants to enable as many people as possible to share those experiences,” the spokesperson said.

“Some of the benefits of being part of a sports team include learning to show commitment, working together, overcoming challenges, learning to lose, accepting decisions, accepting and respecting others, shared fun experiences, belonging to a community, and increased physical and mental fitness.”

Wheelchair basketball is played fortnightly on Saturdays at the South Burnett PCYC in Murgon, from 10:00am to noon.

The next session will be held on September 11.

Everyone is welcome and wheelchairs are provided.

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