Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce Jason Bryant has been appointed to the newly created position of Wheelchair Basketball State Development Program Lead and State Team Head Coach.
Bryant’s position will include his appointment as the Victorian Kevin Coombs Cup 2022 head coach and to lead in the development of the newly created Basketball Victoria State Development Program (SDP) for junior wheelchair basketball athletes across Victoria.
“it’s exciting to be in this role – especially after the couple of years we’ve had where things have not gone to plan and have been completely out of our control,” Bryant said. “Just getting back on court, planning out everything and getting the kids back together will be great.”
The State Development Program’s implementation is to ensure that the next generation of wheelchair basketball players who have the ability and attitude to excel in an elite environment are identified, developed and nurtured. To add wheelchair basketball athletes into the program will provide Victoria’s best junior players with additional training and access to facilities to ensure high standards are attained.
“For wheelchair basketball players it’s very important to have access to a program like this,” Bryant said. “Getting access into those High Performance environments and getting the players to invest in this structure and apparatus will be significant.
“For the players to feel like they’re part of something bigger within the bigger Victorian program is a great thing – being in the SDP environment like the able-bodied kids have been is a fantastic opportunity and a chance for us to really plan and grow this program when it comes around with a lot of momentum.”
“Personally I’m excited about the opportunity to operate this program for juniors in wheelchair basketball in the state – we can do a lot of good work, build a great State Development Program and everyone can win when we get it right.”
As head coach, Bryant will lead the day-to-day coaching of elite and selected athletes, supporting coaches and team support staff to successfully and proudly represent the State of Victoria at the national level.
Bryant has been part of our Kevin Coombs Cup team staff for a number of years, serving as assistant coach, and is excited to see how the program will grow and work in tandem with the state team to develop the next generation of Victorian and Australian wheelchair basketball athletes.
“Having that continuity across the year will be big,” Bryant said. “The players see each other more, be playing alongside each other more and instead of just coming together a few months ahead of the tournament, the continuity and familiarity with the players and coaches will help us build more momentum especially as we head towards national championships.”
As part of this expansion of Basketball Victoria’s wheelchair basketball, Basketball Victoria will host a number of SDP – Wheelchair Basketball camps held throughout the year with the first to be held at Bendigo Stadium on Saturday 22 May.
Further information on nominations for the State Development Program – Wheelchair Basketball and to attend the SDP – Wheelchair Basketball camp will be made available in upcoming days.
This position will complement the recently announced Diversity and Inclusion Officer (Wheelchair Basketball), with both Bryant and the appointment officer to work in tandem to improve wheelchair basketball opportunities across the state.