After winning in 1996 and a disappointing 5th in Sydney in 2000, the Australian men’s wheelchair basketball team, the Rollers, played for gold again at the Athens summer Paralympics. After a bad loss to Canada in the first game of the tournament, the Rollers cruised through every game into the final against – Canada again. With Murray Treseder now at the coaching helm, the Rollers were disciplined and organised but couldn’t find the answer to the experience and athleticism of Canada’s stars Joey Johnson and Patrick Anderson. The Rollers left Athens without another gold medal but with a young, rejuvenated team, with its sights set on Beijing.
Date: September 2004