Australian Rollers legends retire

Australian Rollers legends retire

Australian Wheelchair basketball legends Brett Stibners and Grant Mizens have announced their retirements from international competition.

Members of the team that claimed the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games, Stibners and Mizens depart the international arena as stars of the most successful generation of players to take to the court for the Australian Rollers.

35-year-old Mizens had been a mainstay in the Rollers squad for the best part of a decade, representing Australia at three Paralympics, including the Gold Medal-winning team from the 2008 Beijing Games.

Stibners (33) joined Mizens in the Rollers setup in 2006, going on to be part of the 2008 Gold Medal triumph and the Silver Medal team in London as well as the 2010 IWBF World Championship success.

Combine the two men leave the international stage with five Paralympic wheelchair basketball medals and two World Championship gold medals between them. 

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Kristina Keneally praised both players contribution to the Australian Rollers.

“In Brett and Grant we say goodbye to a pair of players who were part of arguably the most successful period of Australian men’s wheelchair basketball,” Ms Keneally said.

“The 2008 Beijing Paralympic Gold Medal and 2010 IWBF World Championship were two of the greatest achievements for the Australian Rollers, with Brett and Grant playing pivotal roles in these successes.

“We thank them for their amazing contribution to the sport and wish them the best for their future endeavours.”