Australian legend inducted into IPC Hall of Fame

Australian legend inducted into IPC Hall of Fame

Australian wheelchair basketball legend Frank Ponta has been inducted into the IPC Paralympic Hall of Fame during a ceremony held during the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

A member of the inaugural Australian wheelchair basketball team at the 1960 Rome Paralympic Games, Ponta went on to represent Australia at five Paralympic Games between 1960 and 1976, in a range of sports including wheelchair basketball, pentathlon, swimming and wheelchair fencing.

Post his playing days Ponta continued to have a major impact on the Australian national team, involved in coaching many of the Western Australian-based Rollers that formed the Silver Medal-winning squad in London.

The likes of Rollers Head Coach Ben Ettridge, Captain Ben Ness, 2010 World Championship MVP Justin Eveson and Rollers tournament top-scorer Shaun Norris all benefitted from the expert tutelage of Ponta.

Following his death in June last year, Ponta was inducted into the Australian Paralympic Committee Hall of Fame, with his contribution to the sport in Australia unlikely to be forgotten with the annual Frank Ponta Cup wheelchair basketball tournament ensuring his memory lives on.