Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics

Lee Collins takes it to the rim

Lee Collins goes up strong for a shot under the basket during the game against Japan in the Basketball competition for athletes with an Intellectual Disability at the Sydney Summer Paralympics. The Australian team – known as the ‘Boomerangs’ – finished sixth of the eight teams in the tournament.

Doing it for real – Nick Maroney gets another poster shot against Greece

It looks as if Nick Maroney is going to the free throw line as he is fouled taking it hard to the basket against Greece in a game during the basketball for athletes with an intellectual disability competition at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics. Australia defeated Greece 90-26 for its only win of the tournament and didn’t progress beyond pool play, finishing sixth. The event was flooded with controversy after the Games when it was revealed that members of the gold medal winning Spanish team had cheated and didn’t have an intellectual disability. The fallout affected all athletes with an intellectual disability as they were barred from the Paralympics, not returning until until 2012.

Nick Maroney made his first poster play before the Games started

In the lead-up to the Sydney summer Paralympics, the then Australian Paralympic Committee worked with bodypaint artist Emma Hack to produce a calendar which featured Australian Paralympic athletes from a range of sports. The calendar raised funds for the Australian Paralympic team and was a sell-out. Basketballer Nick Maroney was “Mr August”.

John Lettice puts up a shot

Watched by assistant coach Tony Guihot and Australian supporters, John Lettice gets a shot away during the men’s basketball game againts Great Britain at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Australian team – The Boomerangs – won this game easily, one of its two wins as it finished 7th in the tournament.

Rodney Meddings brings the ball down the floor

Victorian Rodney Meddings (#9) brings the ball into the front court for the Australian Boomerangs in the game against Great Britain at the 1992 “Madrid Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. The Boomerangs, Australia’s national men’s team for players with an intellectual disability, defeated GB 65-20, but finished seventh in the tournament.

The boomerangs didn’t reach the same heights as the Pearls

The competition was also fierce in the men’s basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap” and the Australian team – known as the Boomerangs – finished seventh, with two wins and two losses. Here, Michael Atcheson battles for a rebound.

GALLERY: Scenes from the successful women’s basketball campaign

The Australian women’s basketball team, known as The Pearls, won Australia’s first ever medal in Olympic or Paralympic basketball at the 1992 “Paralympic Games for Persons with Mental Handicap“. Donna Burns was the star of the team, averaging 25 points a game. The team members were: Lorraine Archer, Tanya Atcheson, Donna Burns, Gladys Delaney, Melissa Gallacher, Fiona Hinds, Annette Kelly, Tina Kenna, Christine Humphries, Alice Toogood, with Coach Margaret Sheriff and Manager Robyn Smith.

Brett Wilson Sydney Summer Paralympics

Brett Wilson attacks the rim ID Basketball Sydney 2000 Paralympics