Day 1 Paralympics review: Women's wheelchair basketball team glide past Brazil

31 August 2012

Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the first day of competition at the London 2012 Paralympics.


The Australian women's wheelchair basketball team, containing University of Sydney representatives Sarah Stewart and Katie Hill, survived a first match scare to defeat Brazil 52-50 in the first night of competition at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Philosophy PhD student Stewart is a Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder, and Sydney Uni WheelKings and Wheelchair Flames representative. Hill is also a Sydney Uni WheelKings and Wheelchair Flames player.

The Gliders were a little slow out of the blocks, allowing an enthusiastic Brazilian outfit to keep their noses in front for most of the first two quarters. The game was tied at 25 apiece at half-time, and despite controlling the game more effectively in the third and fourth quarters, the Gliders were kept honest throughout the contest, eventually winning by just two points.

The Gliders next game is against hosts Great Britain at 10pm Australia time on Friday evening.


The University of Sydney's third competitor overnight was commerce student Katrina Porter, a EAP scholarship holder and Sydney Uni Swim Club (SUSC) High Performance Multiclass swim program representative.

Porter was impressive in her women's 100m backstroke S7 heat, placing third. Despite swimming well again in the final, Porter was unable to defend her 2008 Beijing gold medal in the same event, finishing seventh.

"Not the result I was after, but still so happy to make the final and be here to represent Australia," Porter tweeted after the final. "Thanks for all of your support!"

Porter will now turn her attention to her remaining four events - 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 100m freestyle and 100m freestyle relay.

See our schedule of events to find out which University of Sydney Olympians are competing during the first weekend of the Paralympics.

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Enquiries: Andrew Tilley, Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness, 9351 8116,