SOUTH WALES REPRESENTATIVE
"Together we can put Wales on the international radar for excellence"
James is the representative for South Wales on the Board for WWBA. He is a design engineer as well as manager, secretary and head coach at Swansea Storm WBC. James has been playing wheelchair basketball for 16 years and coaching for 5 years. Previous clubs include: Jaguars WBC, Cardiff Celts WBC, Wolverhampton Rhinos WBC, Wolverhampton Wolves WBC.
James says of himself "Wheelchair Basketball is life, Wheelchair Basketball is everything, I eat, sleep, live everything to do with Wheelchair Basketball. I train every day, without fail. As you can probably tell I’m quite passionate about Wheelchair Basketball, and now I want use this passion in another productive way, and that is to bring an organised, fair and ambitious Welsh Wheelchair Basketball Association to all who love Wheelchair Basketball. Wales has so much potential and talent, and we need to support and grow this.
"I have seen how basketball can positively change people’s lives – across all variations of the game."
I have only been involved in basketball for a few years, volunteering within my local club I am their Secretary and Welfare Officer. In that time I have seen how basketball can positively change people’s lives – across all variations of the game.
My day to day job, in a National Governing Body is as a National Coaching Co-ordinator and Operations Officer, this has given me a range of experiences in coaching, performance and governance. For me, my role in the Association is a chance to be a part of shaping the future wheelchair basketball in Wales. We have the opportunity to transform our participant, coaching and performance pathways to ensure at every level of the game we all love, people have an opportunity to play and achieve their aspirations.
"I look forward to working with the new Board to make some real changes for everyone involved in Wheelchair Basketball in Wales."
I have been involved with basketball since I was 17 (playing and coaching) and have been playing wheelchair basketball since 2001, after my knees deteriorated to the point where I could no longer run. I quickly discovered that most of the basketball skills I had learned transferred easily to the wheelchair game.
I have been privileged to represent Great Britain in wheelchair basketball for 10 years, earning over 125 caps and playing at both the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympics. I have played at every level of wheelchair basketball league in the UK but over recent years I have focussed more on coaching than playing and I am currently one of only a handful of people in the UK who hold the prestigious Level 3 Wheelchair Basketball Coaching qualification. I have coached at international, regional and local level – where I am currently heavily involved in running and coaching the Archers Wheelchair Basketball Club in Cardiff.
I believe that with this wealth of experience in Wheelchair Basketball as well as my day job as a lawyer help me to have many qualities that I am very keen to employ in driving wheelchair basketball forward in Wales. I was thrilled to have been offered the position of Secretary with the Wales Wheelchair Basketball Association and look forward to working with the new Board to make some real changes for everyone involved in Wheelchair Basketball in Wales.
NORTH WALES REGIONAL CLUB REP
"Wheelchair basketball has become an all-consuming passion"
Chris Wilson is the North Wales Regional Club representative and sits on the Board of the WWBA. He got involved in Wheelchair Basketball through his son being referred to Conwy Thunder WB Club by his physiotherapist as a means to actively participate in a sport. For the last three years, wheelchair basketball has become an all-consuming passion. Chris’ involvement sees him in regular contact with players, coaches and managers across North Wales, helping him to broaden his understanding of the challenges faced by all involved in this truly inclusive game.