Paralympian honoured by our city

IT wasn't quite the key to the city this time around, but Paralympian Brett Stibners was again acknowledged for his exceptional efforts on the world stage last week.

Shellharbour City Council honoured 2012 Paralympic silver medallist Stibners at a special ceremony last Tuesday.

The 33-year-old, two-time Paralympian was instrumental in the Australian team winning the silver medal in wheelchair basketball in London.

The team went down to Canada by just six points in the gold medal game.

In 2008, the Oak Flats resident was awarded the Key to the City after winning the Paralympic gold medal with the Australian team in Beijing.

He attended last week's reception with wife Rebecca and three-year-old son Lachie.

He said he was humbled by the attention.

"It was a little different this time [compared to his first Games]," he said.

"The expectations were a lot bigger as we were defending champs.

"We were going there to win and played great up until the last game.

"We didn't play well in the last game, but I'm still proud of our achievements.

"Bec came over as well and it was great to share it with her."

Stibners said he was retiring from representing his country, but would continue to play for the Roller Hawks.

In 2001, Stibners was named in the Australian indoor hockey squad, but just a few days later his world collapsed when he lost a leg in a motor vehicle accident on Picton Road.

Other highlights of his basketball career include competing in the 2006 Gold Cup in Amsterdam, the 2010 World Championship victory and the Wollongong Roller Hawks' back-to-back National Wheelchair Basketball League titles in 2011 and 2012.

The Roller Hawks headed to Japan this week to represent Oceania at the Kitakyushu Champions Cup, a world club championships event.

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