Frank Ponta inducted into Aust. Paralympic Hall of Fame

Frank Ponta inducted into Aust. Paralympic Hall of Fame

Frank Ponta, the man widely considered the father figure of the Australian wheelchair basketball program has been inducted into the Australian Paralympic Hall of Fame.

Paralympic legend Ponta, joins Louise Sauvage and Sir George Bedbrook as one of three inaugural inductions into the Hall of Fame.

President of the Australian Paralympic Committee Greg Hartung said the three inductees could not be more deserving of such an honour.

“The names Louise Sauvage, Frank Ponta and Sir George Bedbrook will now be immortalised in the world of Australian Paralympic sport and rightfully so,” Hartung said.

“The contributions of the three inductees to the Australian Paralympic movement personify the finest ideals of Paralympic sport – outstanding sport performance, inspiration, and generous and indomitable spirit.

“By recognising individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Paralympic movement in Australia, the Australian Paralympic Committee aims to enhance the understanding of Paralympic sport and promote the Paralympic movement in Australia and around the world.”

Developing Australian wheelchair basketball players compete in the Frank Ponta Cup.

Having recently completed its second year, it is an exciting addition to the Australian wheelchair basketball calendar and serves many purposes in the wheelchair basketball landscape.

In 2011 the Frank Ponta Cup saw five teams competing in a tournament over two rounds at the AIS Training Hall in Canberra.

Along with the four original competing men’s teams, the 2011 tournament also included the Australian U25 Women’s team, who were in preparation for the U25 Women’s Wheelchair World Challenge.

Ponta passed away in June of this year, aged 75.