“After having such a long break away from sport to have children, I’m very excited to get back into both work and sport.”

 

That’s from Katherine Reed who joins ParaQuad Tasmania (actually we’re welcoming her back!) as the Physical Disability Sports Officer (North).

 

Katherine will be the face of our Wheelchair Basketball Program there and has an extensive and impressive background in the sport.

 

Katherine was part of the Tasmanian Junior Team at the Australian Paralympic Youth Games, then played the sport full time in the lead up to the London Paralympics. She was part of the Silver Medal winning Australian team at the U/23 Women’s Wheelchair Basketball World Championships in Canada in 2011 and played six seasons in the National Women’s Basketball League.

ParaQuad Tasmania’s Manager of Physical Disability Sport and Education Programs, John Hayes, said it was fantastic to have Katherine on board in the North.

 

“We really want to bring sporting opportunities to more people around Tasmania, and Katherine brings with her enthusiasm and love for the sport, which she’s keen to share with others.”

 

Katherine wants to share the message that wheelchair basketball isn’t just for those who are full-time wheelchair users.

 

“So many people know of wheelchair basketball as a sport, but don’t realise that it may be an option for them, simply because they don’t use a chair all the time.”

 

ParaQuad’s programs are gender inclusive and designed to welcome and include people with and without disability, to learn and enjoy the game.

 

For Katherine, sport has brought many benefits.

 

“I know what an important part sport played for me in getting the most out of my body, learning to be part of a team and providing me with some of the most important friendships of my life.”

 

Email northtas@paraquadtas.org.au to find out more and to get involved.