The Sasol sponsored AmaWheelaBoys are South Africa’s national wheelchair basketball team and currently one of the top ranked sides in Africa.
Sasol believes that disabled sports represents the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. To overcome a disability and play any sport at its highest level in a remarkable achievement for anyone. This has led Sasol, in line with its long running support of people living with disabilities, to support wheelchair basketball.
Sasol entered into a partnership with Wheelchair Basketball South Africa (WBSA) in 2007 as sponsor of the men’s national team, aiming at making a real impact on the growth of the sport.
The aim of the partnership, which in 2019 has been extended to the Women’s national team, is to raise the profile of disabled sport in South Africa and to develop the sport of wheelchair basketball.
Through Sasol’s backing of WBSA, more opportunities for people to get involved in the sport have been created. The period has also seen the men’s national team transform into a globally competitive outfit, participating in international level events around the globe including three Paralympics in Sydney 2000, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The team has also taken part in World Championships in Japan (2002) and Amsterdam (2006), as well as the Fazza tournament in Dubai 2018 and the Lwini Cup in Angola, which they won.
The WBSA goals for the next 2 to 3 years is winning The U23 Men African Zone qualification for Worlds in Australia 2021 and qualification for the IWBF World Championships for Men & Women in Birmingham 2022, building to Paris 2024 Paralympics.
To be able to achieve these goals, the Elite Players and Coaches High Performance program through the Sasol Technical Excellence sponsorship, provides a platform for athlete and staff identification and tracking.
The aim is to compete with the world’s best and raise the standards of wheelchair basketball in Africa. Sasol is proud to be a supporter of this vision and to continue to make a real difference in a sport which uplifts the lives of its participants.
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