About the project
Teisha played her first game of basketball aged 5 and fell in love with it. She set herself goals to reach and worked hard to improve. By age 9, Teisha was playing representative basketball. She was awarded MVP in the winning grand final in under 12's.
Teisha put her heart and soul into the sport and her efforts showed when she made the state camp and was selected in Victorian Metro U/14 & U/15 sides in consecutive years.
In September 2016, Teisha's U/14.1 representative team headed to Newcastle to play in the U/14 National Championships. Teisha pushed through a lot of foot pain all week, playing every game including the grand final, and celebrated with her team as the final siren announced them the number 1, U/14 girls’ team in Australia.
Sadly, that was to be the last game of able bodied basketball Teisha would play.
Scans revealed Teisha had complicated breaks in the navicular bone of both left and right feet requiring surgeries. At Christmas, surgeons explained that Teisha would be risking permanent disability if she played able bodied basketball again. To say she was devastated would be an understatement.
Teisha refused to let injury stop her from chasing her dreams and in January 2017, she got back on the basketball courts only this time she was in a wheelchair. Teisha learnt the rules of wheelchair basketball and trained daily. Within a few weeks she was playing for Kilsyth’s domestic wheelchair league. Teisha was soon asked to train with Kilsyth’s Woman’s National Wheelchair Basketball League (WNWBL) and the Gliders team.
In April 2017, just after her 14th birthday, Teisha took the court for round 1 of WNWBL and she loved it! When the season finished, Teisha was awarded ‘2017 WNWBL Best New Talent'. Teisha also received an invite to begin training at the AIS in Canberra in preparation to represent Australia at the 2019, U/25's World Championships.
To continue to follow her dreams, Teisha needs a vital piece of equipment, a basketball wheelchair. This essential custom wheelchair will allow Teisha to train and play at her fullest. With it, she will be able to get around the courts faster and will be able to make the most of her time in the World Championship campaign. It will also assist her in pursuing her dream to make the Australian Paralympic team. Please help make this dream a reality.
While injury sadly closed the door on Teisha's able bodied basketball dream, hopefully you can help hold the door open for a new dream.