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Local Wheelchair Athlete Selected To Play For The Comets

Krystal DeMaid, a determined 23-year-old Wheelchair Basketball player has been recognised for her talent, by being selected to play for the Comets Women’s National League Team.

Despite having a background in netball, Krystal decided to take up basketball in 2022 and instantly fell in love with the sport. She then began to take it to the next level and joined the Mackay Machines last year in 2023. With the guidance of her coach, she embraced the challenges and pushed herself to achieve greater heights as a young athlete.
Krystal has achieved numerous milestones since embracing Wheelchair Basketball, securing both bronze and silver medals, along with a trophy and a hope for many more to come in future.
Whilst playing for the Mackay Machines, she caught the attention of the national Women's team, the Comets, who invited her to join their ranks. The opportunity to play at the national level came as a shock to Krystal, but she was deeply honoured and grateful for the chance to showcase her skills on a larger scale.
“I was so shocked if I’m being honest, just because I haven’t been playing for very long compared to everyone else who has been playing, but I’m absolutely honoured for the opportunity,” she said.
To prepare for the vigorous demands of elite-level competition, Krystal dedicates herself to intensive physical training, including weightlifting, park runs, and cardio workouts. She also hones her shooting skills on the basketball court, striving to improve her accuracy and performance.
As she prepares for a thrilling opportunity to train with the Comets in Brisbane on May 26 and compete for her first round in Perth for Comets on June 22nd, Krystal faces the financial burden of funding for her wheelchair equipment and travel expenses. While some costs are partially covered by the basketball organisation, she relies on community support to cover additional expenses such as flights and accommodation.
Despite the financial challenges ahead, Krystal remains determined to pursue her dream of representing Australia in international wheelchair basketball competitions one day.
Krystal says she is immensely grateful for the support she has received from the Mackay Machines and the broader community.
With the support of the community behind her, Krystal is eager to make her mark on the national and international courts as she inspires others with her remarkable dedication and skill.
Those interested in following her journey can find updates on the Mackay Machines' or Peer Motivations Facebook page.
Those who would like to contribute to her fundraising efforts can donate to her GoFundMe page under: Krystal DeMaid - Mackay Local Wheelchair Basketball Superstar.

Local 23-year-old Krystal DeMaid has been selected to play for the Comets Women’s National League Team. Image supplied

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