Coaching Staff

Roller Blacks

2-Mark Sullivan, Captain (Auckland), Point Guard 2.00

Mark Sullivan (Auckland)

Captain, Point Guard 2.00
The current Roller Blacks captain, Mark has been a major cog in New Zealand combinations, running the offence while also being a leader in defensive strategies.

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Eamon Wood (Canterbury)

Guard 2.5
With his experience, agility and vision, Eamon is a vital player in the scheme of things. He has been in the game for the last 11 years and played for NZ in junior tournaments in Australia..

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9.Shane Davies (Bay of Plenty), Centre 4.5

Shane Davies (Bay of Plenty)

Centre 4.5
Shane brings vast knowledge and experience to the Roller Blacks. He started playing wheelchair in 1994 in Hawera and was later a member of the New Zealand senior side to Thailand, Taiwan and Australia.

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10. Tereo Lewis (Otago) Forward 3.0.

Tereo Lewis (Mid Western Suburbs)

Forward 3.0.
Reo is an experienced player who was a member of the New Zealand team firstly in South Korea in 2002. His regional team at the time was Canterbury.

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Paul Fallon (Mid Western Suburbs)

Guard. 1.0.
While still a work in progress, Paul has, in recent seasons, established himself as the best one-pointer in the country, with his ability to take shots.

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11. James Russell (Auckland). Guard. 3.0.

James Russell (Auckland)

Guard. 3.0.
Finding space, fast breaks and chair skills are features of Jimmy’s game. Despite the results he really enjoyed the 2015 tour to South Africa, picking up new skills and, he says, “I never thought I’d ever hold a lion cub in my life.”

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8. Sheldon Larsen (Waikato) Forward 4.5.

Sheldon Larsen (Waikato)

Forward 4.5.
Sheldon has been an outstanding performer in wheelchair basketball since he made his senior debut for Waikato as a 12-year old. Read More
6.Miimama Pepe (Auckland), Power forward. 3.5

Miimama Pepe (Auckland)

Power forward. 3.5
A key figure in the Auckland representative side, Mii arrived in New Zealand from Rarotonga in 2009 and got his introduction to wheelchair basketball.

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4. Panchpreet Dhillon (Auckland). Guard. 2.5

Panchpreet Dhillon (Auckland)

Guard. 2.5
A dedicated student of the game, Panchpreet was first selected for the NZ team which travelled to South Korea and has since toured to Australia and South Africa.

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Ben Hekenui (Taranaki)

Forward 3.5
Good attitude and commitment over five years has seen Ben establish himself in the Roller Blacks.

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Ricardo Gozon (Auckland)

Forward 4.0
Ricardo has been playing for Auckland seniors since 2010 and has been a New Zealand rep since 2011. He has been to tournaments in Australia, Thailand and South Korea.

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Luke McDowall (Taranaki)

Forward 4.0
Based in Palmerston North where is studying psychology and philosophy at Massey University while also being part of the Sports Academy, Luke is an exciting prospect.

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John Sligo (Bay of Plenty)

Guard 3.0
A relative newcomer John is in his third full season in the sport. He was asked to try his hand at basketball after being spotted playing wheelchair rugby.

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Rob Gillan (Otago)

Guard 1.0
A playmaker and accurate shooter, returning to the fold after previously being in the national training squad in 2012, Rob is steadily getting up to speed again after a lengthy lay-off.

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Curtis Smith (Canterbury)

Swingman 3.5
Curtis first played for Canterbury juniors 15 years ago. He showed early potential and is a former New Zealand under-21 representative.

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