Wheelchair basketballers hone skills with international expert

12 Aug 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibia Paralympic Committee (NPC) has roped in the services of Britain’s Ryan Raghoo to train their wheelchair basketball teams.
Raghoo, a British Paralympic athlete with Cerebral Palsy, founded the ‘Enabled not Disabled’ foundation. He competes in wheelchair basketball, T37 long jump and track events.
The eight-day training started on Saturday at the Katutura Youth Complex basketball court in Windhoek, with athletes from the Khomas, Oshana and Ohangwena regions participating.
Raghoo told Nampa on Monday the athletes and coaches attending the training are going through their paces twice a day.
“We have two groups and each group consists of 24 athletes. We split the two groups based on ability - group one is more advanced while group two is made up of amateurs. But after three days of training, some athletes were moved from their group to the other group. Despite the split, all the athletes are giving it their all,” he said.
Raghoo explained that the aim of the workshop is to develop wheelchair basketball in Namibia and possibly have a team competing in the 2020 African Games Paralympics in Morocco in January.
“We have high-intensity training in the gym as well as on the court. We have a long-term vision, which is to have a three-on-three basketball team for men at the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” Raghoo said, adding the athletes are committed to the training.
“Wheelchair basketball doesn’t get the same level of support as other sports and its overwhelming to see these athletes here giving it their all. I am hopeful that when this training is done, all the players will understands the rules of the game,” said Raghoo.
The British Paralympian also mentioned that this is not a once-off project as he plans to return to Namibia to offer more training and help with the development of the sport.
The ‘Enabled not Disabled’ foundation is a not-for-profit brand that raises awareness of disability-related issues worldwide.