Wheelchair Basketball was first played in the USA. It started when Basketball players, injured during World War II, adapted the running game to wheelchairs and it was also introduced by Dr Guttmann to the spinal injuries patients at the National Spinal Injuries Centre as part of the rehabilitation programme, as well as being played in the Stoke Mandeville Games.

The sport was first included at the Paralympic Games in Rome in 1960. The GB Mens team competed in Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964, and in every Paralympic Games since Seoul 1988; the Womens team have competed in seven of the 8 Paralympic Games since Seoul 1988.

Eligible impairment groups are athletes who have physical impairments that result in a lower limb physical limitation and those who are unable to play non-disabled sport due to a long term permanent injury.

Archive film of Wheelchair Basketball in the 1960s

Head and shoulders photo of Simon Munn

Simon Munn, a short biography

Simon represented Great Britain at an astonishing seven Paralympic Games. Read more

Sir Philip Craven and Basketball

"Wheelchair sport and Paralympic sport... had to get more competent (I hate that word 'professional')." Read more

Sir Philip discusses the impact of Barcelona 1992

Sir Philip Craven describes what a tremendous impact Barcelona 1992 had on him. Read more

Terry Willett's Basketball career in the 1960s and 70s

"Look at the chairs we played in! The backs are so low and there are no side guards... You couldn’t change the height of the footrest then." Read more

Lighting the flame at Stoke Mandeville in 1984

Terry Willett tells his story about being selected to light the 1984 Paralympic flame at Stoke Mandeville. Read more

Wheelchair Basketball Championships

“Of course it’s supposed to be a sport of no contact. Well that always amuses us all." Read more