Sport for Women

Shelley Chaplin

Type: Player/Athlete
Sports: Wheelchair Basketball
Location: Australia

Shelley Chaplin is a wheelchair basketball player. She participated in the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, where she won a silver medal; in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing, where she won a bronze medal, and the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, where she won a second silver medal.

Via Wikipedia.

Top 100 Sportswomen Nomination

Shelly displays great leadership on and off the court. She is always willing to put herself out there and go above and beyond what is required of her.

- Ella Sabljak

Shelley Chaplin on Twitter

Shelley Chaplin in the News


Greatest sporting achievement:  Paralympic Silver Athens 2004 and Paralympic Bronze 2008

Greatest achievement off the field: Recreation, Sport and Tourism degree at University of Illinois on a wheelchair basketball scholarship

Who is your sporting heroine? Liesl Tesch, 5x Paralympian in wheelchair basketball going to London 2012 as a Australian Paralympic Sailor

How many hours per week to you train/exercise?  30hrs

What do you love about your sport? The International wheelchair basketball community. All over the world people are welcoming new people into the sport from all different backgrounds. I have played with and against some of the greatest people in the world and then had them to my house for Christmas and been to their houses for Thanksgiving dinner. I think the community is so tight-knit because the community is small compared to a lot of sports.  

If you could change something about your sport, what would it be? The media exposure we get. I think that if more people had access to wheelchair basketball it would be a lot more popular but as it stands there is not enough exposure for us. 

What motivates you? Paralympic Gold. I want to make my family and my friends proud.

Do you have a profession outside of your sport? I am a full-time athlete studying to become a primary school teacher 

Three words that describe you: Competitive, Loyal, Generous 

If I wanted to play your sport, what advice would you give me? Its not as hard as if first seems!! Keep at it

Shelley Chaplin Supports Sport for Women Day

"I support Sport for Women Day because I think sport changes peoples lives and that young girls need female role models to me getting as much media exposure as male athletes so they can follow in our footsteps"